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John Wintour Baldwin Barns Collection

  • Barns MSS
  • Collection
  • c.1960-1974

Notebooks, notes, copies of texts, photographs, lecture notes, drafts of articles, and facsimiles.

Barns, (Revd) John Wintour Baldwin

Egypt. Thebes. Objects from Thebes. Coffins. Ir, wooden sarcophagus and two coffins, Dyn. XXVI, formerly in H. Salt, J. Lee and Lord Amherst collections and at Sotheby's in 1921, current location not known. Notes

Notes on the wooden sarcophagus and two coffins of Ir, Dyn. XXVI, from Thebes, formerly in H. Salt, J. Lee and Lord Amherst collections and at Sotheby's in 1921, current location not known (TopBib i2.835):

  • ink text on paper
  • loose
  • 20.6 x 33.2 cm
  • [text]:

'Harwell House October 21 1850
The great Sarcophagus in the Chapel
The Goddess Neith N Neith [X1*W24:N1] who is depicted in
full length on the inside of the upper half of the
third coffin is compounded of the hieroglyphic [V39]
in the same manner as the god [Q1\:D4\:A40], likewise depicted
full length, is corresponded of the hieroglyphic [R11].

In Sarcophagi from the necropolis of Thebes it is
usual to find the same Goddess in the likeness of a beautiful
woman, usually, with her arms streached over the deceased
as the heavens streached over the earth. That she represents
the heavens the determinative of her name [N1] is a
voucher, and her figure [C199] in this position over astronomi
cal signs. But if other proof were wanting there is a
stone sarcophagus in the British Museum where she
is sculptured streached out, as the heavens over the
earth, and giving birth to the Planets. In the lower half
of Sarcophagi from Thebes it is usual to find an other
Goddess female figure and not the figure of a man or one man or god in the
likeness of a man or compounded of the [R11] as in the Hartwell
Coffin; and this goddess [X1\:H8-Q1] is the goddess of the earth. as might be naturally suppose(?) This figure She extends her arms up each side of the coffin as if
embracing the deceased or receiving the deceased into her bosom

That the stone Sacrophagus here quoted came from Thebes
I my self can assert being present where the officers of the
Luxor brought it out of the pit

Whence then is the great Sarcophagus in the Chapel
of Hartwell house? The answer is, most probably from Lower Egypt. Most probably from the great necropolis
of Lower Egypt there namely the Necropolis desert of Sakkara of Memphis. First
because Pthah of to whom(underlined) the sign R11 is peculiar(underlined) had a celebrated
Temple at in the city of Memphis and secondly because the hierogly
phics are of the form or style of writing peculiar to
this region of Egypt and thirdly because the form of the outer
case is of the ancient form [Q6] most usual from in this nearby(?)
the most ancient times to the most recent in that
district of Egypt (See ancient inscription in the same
collection)'

Note on a marble statue in the collection of Dr Lee of Hartwell and on the artistic representation of the effects of alcohol in the human body (continuation), with two sketches of a big-bellied man

Note on a marble statue in the collection of Dr Lee of Hartwell and on the artistic representation of the effects of alcohol in the human body (continuation), with two sketches of a big-bellied man:

  • pencil note on paper
  • loose, adjacent to Bonomi MSS 43.1
  • 11.1 x 18.1 cm
  • [text] 'opportunities of delineating its effects / on the contour of the human fabric / from the constant exposure nature of the the costume (sic = custom) / X The of those days in the hot climates / of Greece and Egypt being seldom more / than a single piece of cotton or woollen / cloth which was thrown about the body / at the will or caprice of the wearer always most / generally leaving a considerable portion of its / surface to the action of light and air and / thus giving an opportunity to sculptor and painter to / make himself familiar with the configuration of the human body / under all circumstances and this is perhaps what made / them such masters of in the art of sculpture / and very early ...(?) X and as this beautiful / work ...(?) been it puortrays so faithfully / the effect of his soul(?) indulgence in alcohol / to this truth of which we are / all … … …(?) We scarcely need the aid / of the wine skin on which the figure is reclining in his / drunken offers(?) to inform us of the imbibe of the above in a salty eye the figure we need not the fulsome work of / to …(?) the abdomen scarcely covered scalp the ample beard / sufficiently'

Note on signet rings (continuation)

Note on signet rings (continuation):

  • ink text on paper
  • loose
  • 13.1 x 21.3 cm
  • [page number] '37'
  • [text]:

'Ring of fine gold found in a wooden box at Thebes in a tomb at Thebes

Gold ring with a figure of Isis sitting
it is massive and of that shape called Opisphendone Thebes Sakkara

Ring of fine gold with the figures of 2 goddesses
engraved in two cartouches surmounted with the
feathers Sakkara

Scarabeus set in gold on a pivot

Ring of pure(?) gold in which is tastefully inserted
2 blue stones and one red one

Ring of gold with a pyramidal stone in it

Ring of gold with a x plate

Ring of gold with a carnelian scarabeus

Ring of silver massive and of the greek form

Sakkara'

Note on a marble statue in the collection of Dr Lee of Hartwell and on the artistic representation of the effects of alcohol in the human body

Note on a marble statue in the collection of Dr Lee of Hartwell and on the artistic representation of the effects of alcohol in the human body:

  • pencil text on paper
  • loose, adjacent to Bonomi MSS 43.1
  • 11.1 x 18.1 cm
  • [text] 'Statue of a man sleeping on a / wine skin in Pentelic marble. / S of this proper line long wide This statue in the / collection of Dr Lee of Hartwell is of excellent sculpture and probably / by an Athenian artist since it / is made carved out of a marble found in / the vicinity of Athens. / Very early indeed did the thinking and in / telligent man of antiquity such as poets / painters and sculptors describe and / pourtray each in with admirable truth the effects / of persistant indulgence in alcoholic / beverages on the intellect and on the / external configuration of the human body / X They indeed had more than we have and better'

Designs of woman holding lamp and note on memorial for J. Bonomi's father (the architect J. Bonomi, 1739-1808) and his four first children, who died of whooping cough in 1852

Designs of woman holding lamp and note on memorial for J. Bonomi's father (the architect J. Bonomi, 1739-1808) and his four first children, who died of whooping cough in 1852:

  • pencil text and sketches on paper
  • loose
  • 11.3 x 18.4 cm
  • [text]:

'To the memory of J. Bonomi the grand father and grandchildren
and four of the grand children
of J. Bonomi architect who died / departed this life
in easter week 1852 -
The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away
blessed be the name of the Lord'

Text on church at Alnwick

Text on church at Alnwick:

  • ink text on paper
  • loose
  • 15.7 x 11.5 cm
  • [text]:

'The church at Alnwick a gothic building

once a beautiful and highly adorned

edifice but now from the injuditious

additions and alterations especially

that usual one of taking away

pillars in order to make the pulpit

more generally seen from all corners

of the church thus by throwing two arches

into one thus weak increas

ing the lateral pressure endangering

the roof which perhaps on that

account has been restored in the it was found

ornamental gothic necessary

to restore in the side isles

however the original oak beams remain'

Letter

Letter:

  • printed and ink text on paper
  • loose
  • 11.5 x 18.5 cm
  • [text]:

'Sir John Soane's Museum,
13, Lincoln's Inn Fields,
11 April 1866
On the principal face of the
Medal is a figure of Civilisation,
habited in like Minerva, in
the act of prescuting two Wreaths
or crowns, one, for the native the
other for Colonial produce.
Below is the figure of a
Canoe, and round the margin
is to be written NEW ZEALAND
EXHIBITION 1865. On'

Sketches of funerary memorials with female figures

Sketches of funerary memorials with female figures:

  • pencil sketches on paper
  • loose
  • 28.0 x 20.4 cm
  • [on sketch] 'D D / Will you do me the favour to present to the institution / of British Architects a cast / a copy of the obelisk of Karnak / I beg to present to the institute of B architects a cast from copy of / copy of the obelisk of Karnak cast from a slate one from one executed for / Ld Prudhoe. it is I hope as an architectural decoration it may' (pencil note)

Text

Handwritten text:

  • pencil text on paper
  • loose
  • 18.2 x 22.6 cm
  • [text]:

'If any man wants [?] {[?]} [?] of the truth of {the} [?]

here it is if he cannot find in history if he cannot

find it in his own heart or if refuses to seek for it then

became he wants an [?] not to look for it then

here is abundance say there books are only words which

[?] him another thing him [?] [?] being

subject to errors of various kinds the [?] of

[?] the [?] of [?] the [?]

of ad(d)itions for [?] of years and offer all

on oldest copy are not another is any

years old which years [?] [?] [?]

except it [?], and year [?] [?] first

year seeing the middle [?]

but is like a middle [?]

The [?] [?] on certainly managed to carry

The expression of age and fatigue of [?] and [?]

are the conclusion[?] the strenuous efforts'

Page of handwritten catalogue of Egyptian antiquities

Page of handwritten catalogue of Egyptian antiquities:
-ink text on paper
-loose
-16.0 x 31.6 cm
-[on verso] '66' (ink note)
-[on verso] 'Material' (ink note)
-[on verso] 'pieces of the dried stem of the Payprus Plant. - Such rolls of papyrus are made up of the fragments of papyri that are sometimes found about the mummy by the present inhabitants of Thebes. / This specimen was purchased at the sale of antiquities by Mr Sotheby. / Papyrus Roll - A Coptic and Greek roll of Papyrus unrolled by Mr Bonomi at Hartwell Sep. 3. 1847. Very imperfect - This is also one of the fabricated rolls. See No 3114 / Do - A hieratic and Coptic roll of papyrus, unrolled by Mrs Lee at Hartwell Sep 3. 1847. In the centre was a part of the stem of a reed which is preserved among the fragments in No 3102. / This roll like the two former was made up of fragments. Originally, perhaps, it may have been a Coptic book written over the more ancient Hieratic characters; or the fragments of all Hieratic manuscript have been ignorantly rolled up with some Coptic fragments by the present inhabitants of Thebes, to sell to travellers. / Pallet of a Painter, presented to me by R. Catherwood Esqre who brought it from Egypt in 1835. Mr C. had another Lot 229 of Mr Bartons collection of antiquities; and No 230; 231; and 232 consisted of Pallets of this description of two of which there are drawings July 1836. / This is a remarkably fine specimen 16 inches long and 2./8th wide. It has two circular cavities for the red and black pgiments, usually employed in writing, and likewise an inclined cavity for the reeds used as brushes. This instrument is seen in the hands of the scribes represented on the monuments: it served at once for a ruler, and sometimes a measure, besides its office of inkstand and penholder. penholder On the front at the top is the scribe making an offering and prayer to the judge of the Amenti (the region of the West) behind whom' (ink note; with '3114' and '3102' in pencil).

Note on signet rings

Note on signet rings:

  • ink text on paper
  • loose
  • 13.1 x 21.3 cm
  • [page number] '36'
  • [text]:

'Signet ring of fine gold weighing nearly 3 sovereigns

bearing the name of Shufu the (Suphis) of the Greeks

This remarkable piece of antiquity is in the highest state

preservation and said to have been found at Gezeh

in a tomb near that to the excavation of Col Campbell The work

in The style of the hieroglyphics is perfectly that of those

sculptors hieroglyphics of the tombs about the

great pyramid all the details are eminently executed

The heaven is engraved with minute stars; The Fox or Jackall has

significant lines within its con[t]our; The hatchets have

their handles bound with thongs as usual in the sculptures; The volumes have the

string that binds them differently hanging below the

roll differently placed from any example in sculptured or

painted hierogs in the tombs; The determinative for country

is studded with dots representing the sand of the mountainous

margins of the side valley of Egypt The sign [F35] has the

tongue and semilunar mark of the longer examples as also

the vase in the shape of the heart. The Name is surmounted

by the usual globe and feathers decorated in the usual way except

that the lines are more horizontal than in the sculptured examples,

and the ring of The cartouch is engraved with lines representing

a rope of of which decoration I know no of the line inclosing

the hieroglyphics of a royal name I know of no example but

this; the [Aa1] in the name is placed as in the tombs not in

the centre as of the cartouch; the chickens have their unfledged

wings The serastes its horns to be seen only with the magnifying

glass Of the variations in from the usual made of representing

a volume and the inclosure of Royal names are circumstances

favorable to the genuineness of this remarkable piece of antiquity

for when taken into consideration with the style of the work which

is infinitely more difficult to imitate than little little x(?)

in which details from in which the fabricator would not have

ventured to differ from the known examples'

Door and architrave design, with measurements

Door and architrave design, with measurements:

  • ink drawing with ink (orange) wash on paper
  • loose
  • 20.4 x 28.0 cm
  • [on drawing] 'House' (ink note)
  • [on drawing] 'Door & architrave' (ink note)
  • [on drawing] '8 feet 1 inch' (ink note)
  • [on drawing] '8 feet 10 inches' (ink note)
  • [on drawing] 'Dr Sir / I beg to present to the institute of B architects / a copy cast of the obelisk of Karnak which I [(replacing) was] executed for Ld Prudhoe / I hope as an architectural decoration it may not be unworthy of a place in the rooms of / the Institute' (pencil note)
  • [on drawing] 'a cast taken from proper(?) a model executed in slate of the of the great obelisk at Carnac which I [(replacing) was] executed in slate / conduction inspection at the expense for [(replacing) of] Lord Prudhoe' (pencil note)
  • [on drawing] 'be unworthy of a place in the rooms of the institute' (pencil note)

Alnwick Fountain and continuation of text on church at Alnwick

Alnwick Fountain and continuation of text on church at Alnwick:

  • ink sketch and text on paper
  • loose
  • 15.7 x 11.5 cm
  • [on sketch] 'Fountain Alnwick' (ink note)
  • [text]:

'The roof of the nave was

restored in 1781 owing no doubt

to its threat(e)ning an invasion

of the pavement from the walls

injuditious alteration

having been weakened by throwing

2 arches into one in order to

x(?) the exhibit the x(?) pulpit to

all the people in every corner

of the church the (?)'

Draft of a letter

Draft of a letter:

  • pencil text on paper
  • loose
  • 28.3 x 8.0 cm
  • [text]:

'My Lord Duke
I inclose according to your request
the three italian drawings and three 2
modifications of three designs as well as / and one as a substitute for the arched chimney piece
a drawing of the chimney piece at Syon
with its modification. If your Grace
approves of Syon modification and you / of any of them(?) the working the working drawings could be made either here or in Rome from / the sketches sufficiently indicate the design / the small drawings
desire to send to Italy a cast of the / the details

new(?) figure of the boy and the mouldings
I would be undertake superintending the casting
of the boy and the mouldings'

Antiques Various

Portfolio entitled 'Antiques Various JB.'
Pencil note: '2'
Ink table of contents (not complete) on piece of paper partially glued to cover:

  • '1 Halicarnassus frieze part of / CL'
  • '2 Tracing from Halicarnassus frieze part of / CL'
  • '3 Tracing from Halicarnassus frieze / CL'
  • '4 Halicarnassus frieze part of / CL'
  • '7 Camera lucida drawing of an antique figure at Malta'
  • '8 Camera lucida sketch Elgin frieze / two figures'
  • '9 Camera lucida sketch Elgin frieze'
  • '10 Camera lucida Townley cariatedes canefora'
  • '11 Camera lucida. Profile of the the Townley basket bearer'
    Pencil / inked pencil notes partially covered by piece of paper glued to cover: 'Antique Dress / Not Complete / Vol.'.

Designs

Portfolio entitled 'Designs / JB'
Pencil note: '3'
Ink table of contents on piece of paper glued to cover:

  • '3' (pencil note)
  • '1 Sthodart's Canterbury arranged for / sculpture'
  • '2 Days of the Week as seals'
  • '3'
  • '4 5 Ruined Pylon Karnak / Transferred to another book'
  • '6 (added over 5) 7 Quarrantine Marseilles / Transferred do do'
  • '7 (added over 6) 8 Profile sculpture St Jacques Bruges'
  • '8 (added over 7) 9 Outline priest men playing long / trumpets supported on the shoulders / of others'
  • '9 (added over 8) 10 Design for Rail road Seal'.
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