Collection Hoskins MSS - George Alexander Hoskins Collection

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Hoskins MSS


George Alexander Hoskins Collection


  • 1832-1833 and 1860-1861 (Creation)

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3 albums

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Name of creator


Biographical history

British traveller, antiquary and amateur artist. Born, 1802. Died, Rome 1863. Visited Egypt in 1832-3 and 1860-1. Worked with Robert Hay at Qurna. Secretary and Treasurer of the White Nile Association, 1839. Published Travels in Ethiopia above the Second Cataract of the Nile (1835), Visit to the Great Oasis of the Libyan Desert (1837), and A Winter in Upper and Lower Egypt (1863).

Archival history

Acquired by Sir Alan Gardiner.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The estate of Sir Alan H. Gardiner, 1964.

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Scope and content

3 albums containing watercolours and sketches.

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System of arrangement

Kept as received.

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Property of the Griffith Institute. No restrictions.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copyright Griffith Institute, University of Oxford.

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  • English

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These are originals.

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Not known.

Publication note

  • Some of the drawings and paintings reproduced in the publications listed above in 'Biographical history'.
  • Published online on the Griffith Institute website: 'The watercolours and drawings by George Alexander Hoskins in the Archive of the Griffith Institute, University of Oxford' (

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  • Image: George Alexander Hoskins, caricature by John Paget, c. 1842, inscribed "Hoskins having recovered his portmanteau enjoys a placid state of mind & resolves never to part from it again". Copyright Peggy Joy Egyptology Library, Michigan, USA.

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  • Shelf: 0520A, 0520B