Item Bonomi MSS 24.8 (upper recto) - Three seated figures with four attendants

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Bonomi MSS 24.8 (upper recto)


Three seated figures with four attendants


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Three seated figures with four attendants:
-pencil sketch on paper
-loose, adjacent to p. 7; too small to be the item originally mounted there
-8.5 x 6.2 cm
-[on sketch] 'Ld Prudhoe Champollion Defterdar bay / and the artist drinking coffee' (pencil note)
-[on mount] 'South of Nour' (pencil note) [does not refer to sketch]
-[on mount] 'glazed' (pencil note) [does not refer to sketch]

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Copyright Griffith Institute, University of Oxford

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  • This event probably took place on 22 September 1828 and is recorded in Champollion's journal.
  • Another and slightly different version of this sketch is still with the family; it is a pen and ink sketch and the pencil note reads: 'Kiosk on the Nile at Old Cairo / Servants (standing) [?] (standing) Duke of Northumberland (= Lord Prudhoe, seated) Champollion (seated) Defterdar Bay (seated) [?] (standing) Bonomi (seated)'.
  • Other versions existed, including at least one in colour, as stated in a letter dated 26 May 1831 from Joseph Bonomi, Cairo, to Lord Prudhoe, Northumberland House, London.
  • We are grateful to Neil Cooke for corrections and this additional information.

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