Collection Barry MSS - Charles Barry Collection

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Barry MSS


Charles Barry Collection


  • 1818-1819 (Creation)

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2 albums

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Biographical history

British architect. Born, Westminster 1795. Died, Clapham 1860. In a distinguished career he was most famous for designing the Houses of Parliament. Somers Clarke was numbered amongst his pupils. Met Mr D. Baillie when visiting Greece and Turkey in 1817, and was invited to accompany him on a tour of Egypt and Palestine, and thus became the first English architect to record monuments in Egypt. They followed the Nile up beyond Philae; Barry left graffiti on many monuments during his time there.

Archival history

The small album was in the possession of his grandson C. A. R. Barry in 1937, which was then passed on to P. E. Newberry. The large album was acquired from Myers Co. Ltd. by the Griffith Institute in 1950.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The small album was among the Newberry MSS which were presented by Mrs Newberry via the British Museum in 1954.
The large album was acquired from Myers Co. Ltd. by the Griffith Institute in 1950.

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Scope and content

Two albums containing plans and drawings of Egyptian monuments.

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Kept as received.

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Property of the Griffith Institute. No restrictions.

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Copyright Griffith Institute, Oxford.

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  • English

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Finding aids

Handwritten catalogue for the smaller album made by Dr Moss (notebook A.21.68-72). Typewritten catalogue for the same in Mrs Waley file.

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These are originals.

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Not published.

Publication note

  • Accession note, see 'Report of the Committee of Management of the Griffith Institute for the year 1939' in Ashmolean Museum Report 1939, p. 41 ("Barry MS. Notebook with plans of Egyptian temples by Sir Charles Barry (1818-19). Presented by Professor P. E. Newberry").

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  • Shelf: 0517A