Item Horeau MSS 33.2 - Hector Horeau Watercolour - Beit el-Wâli

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Horeau MSS 33.2


Hector Horeau Watercolour - Beit el-Wâli


  • 1838 (Creation)

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1 mounted watercolour

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In the possession of Dr T. Staines-Read.

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The estate of Dr T. Staines-Read, 1967.

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Loose mounted detailed watercolour of a relief scene from the sanctuary of the rock temple at Beit el-Wâli in Nubia, depicting the young king Ramesses II suckled by the god Anukis at (40) and including some lines of hieroglyphic text. On the bottom right side is a small plan of the temple space. On the left side of the watercolour are several handwritten notes, at the top: 'Beyt Oually, Le roi seigneur du monde soleil gardien de justice prenom de Rhamses II frere de Rhamses le grand', at the god's arm: 'mur en coupe', and at the bottom left edge of the watercolour: 'Sur le parement O du plan le Roi Rhamses II (Sesostris) nourri par la déesse Anouké au 5e de l'exécution'. On the right side of the watercolour, further notes at the top read: 'Beyt oually R.O. ta mere anouké dame de Abidos ? nom de ville'. On the mount is a handwritten note: 'Temple de Beyt Oually Peinture murale. Sésostris nourri par la déesse Anouké'.

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Property of the Griffith Institute. No restrictions.

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Copyright Griffith Institute, Oxford.

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  • 28.1 by 34 cm

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  • Published in Porter and Moss vii.21.
  • Reproduced in the publication Panorama d'Égypte et de Nubie (1841, figs. on p. 29 [top and bottom]).
  • Published online in 2010 on the Griffith Institute website: 'Watercolours of Egypt made by Hector Horeau in 1838, now in the Archive of the Griffith Institute' (

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