Collection Arundale Collection - Francis Arundale correspondence

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Arundale Collection


Francis Arundale correspondence


  • 1839 (Creation)

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1 envelope

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British architect and painter; he was born in London, 9 Aug. 1807, son of George A.; he was a pupil of Augustus Pugin and accompanied him to Normandy where he assisted in the Arch. Antiquities of Normandy; he spent several years in Rome and afterwards published The Edifices of Andrea Palladio, 1832; he was recommended to Robert Hay by Lane and Scoles and joined him in Qurna in 1832 as draughtsmen and landscape artist; he also made detailed but fanciful reconstructions of temple façades; he accompanied Catherwood and Bonomi to Palestine, 1833; although it is stated in the DNB and in the first ed. of this work that he never practised as an architect, he seems to have done so as there are letters of his in existence showing that he worked as partner in a firm Arundale and Heape of 48, Greek Street; he exhibited some large paintings made from his oriental drawings; he published Jerusalem and Mount Sinai, 1837; Selections from the Gallery of Antiquities in the British Museum, 1842, in collaboration with Bonomi and Birch; some of his correspondence is in the Griffith Institute; he died in Brighton, 9 Sept. 1853.

Archival history

Found by Professor Hellmut Brunner of a copy of Arundale, Francis and J. Bonomi [1842], Gallery of antiquities selected from the British Museum (OEB 133597). Professor Brunner bought the book containing the letters from an antiquarian bookseller in Tübingen in 1967.

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Presented by Professor Hellmut Brunner in 1967.

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Three letters dated June, September and December 1839, addressed to Charles Bowyer Adderley (later Lord Norton) of Hams Hall, Warwickshire. Non-Egyptological.

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Property of the Griffith Institute. No restrictions.

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Copyright Griffith Institute, University of Oxford.

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  • Accession note, see 'Report of the Committee of Management of the Griffith Institute for the year 1967' in Ashmolean Museum Report 1967, p. 80.

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