Collectie J. Burton MSS - James Burton Photographs Collection


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J. Burton MSS


James Burton Photographs Collection


  • 1824-1834 (Vervaardig)



Omvang en medium

1 package with 9 photographs and 1 small box


Naam van de archiefvormer



British Egyptologist and traveller. Born, London 1788. Died, Edinburgh 1862. Educated Trinity College, Cambridge. BA, 1810. MA, 1815. Worked initially for the architect Sir John Soane, 1819-22. Burton then travelled to Italy where he met Sir W. Gell, E. W. Lane, and Sir J. G. Wilkinson. In 1822 he was engaged to survey for coal as part of the Geological Survey of Egypt. He accompanied Wilkinson on his exploration of the Eastern Desert, 1824, then travelled with Lane, 1825. During his time in Egypt, he cleared parts of Karnak, Medînet Habu, and tombs in the Valley of the Kings, as well as assembling a large corpus of material comprised of drawings, plans, copies of inscriptions, and notes. He collected antiquities, which he sold via Sotheby's in 1836. He remained in Egypt until 1834, returning to England, 1835. Many of Burton's drawings and maps are among the Hay MSS.

Geschiedenis van het archief

Not known.

Directe bron van verwerving of overbrenging

Not known. Some photographs may have come with the Somers Clarke MSS. The microfilm roll was transferred from the Sackler Library Archive Room in November 2018.

Inhoud en structuur

Bereik en inhoud

9 mounted photographs made from drawings of el-Kâb, Philae, and Amada.
Microfilm roll with copies of the Burton MSS once in the British Museum and now in the British Library.

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Kept as received.

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Property of the Griffith Institute. No restrictions. Consultation only.

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Copyright British Library, London.

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Fysieke eigenschappen en technische eisen

The board on which the photographs are mounted is fragile. Must be handled with care.


Catalogue for Burton MSS 25618-25658 in the British Library.

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Bestaan en verblifplaats van originelen

Manuscript Collections, British Library, London.

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Not known.

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Other Archives:
-Squeezes made by Burton in the Department of Egyptian Antiquities, British Museum, London.
-Burton MSS, in Manuscript Collections, British Library, London.

Griffith Institute Archive:
-Copy of a letter written by Burton to W. J. Bankes regarding Champollion's proposed work in the tomb of Sethos I (KV17), in Newberry MSS (box marked 'Sites - Thebes' (PEN/G.VII/E.B)).

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