Series TAA i.6.1-10 - Tutankhamun excavation: ten photograph albums

Harry Burton's Tutankhamun album 6, page with photographs of the outermost coffin

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TAA i.6.1-10

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Tutankhamun excavation: ten photograph albums

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  • c. 1924-1926 (Creation)

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Ten albums

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(1879-1940)

Biographical history

British archaeologist and photographer. Born, Stamford 1879. Died, Asyut 1940. Began his photographic career in Florence with the art historian R. Cust. He was then engaged as a excavator at Thebes by Theodore Davis between 1910-14. Then from 1914 onwards he worked for the rest of his career as a photographer for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. His task was to record many of the royal and private tombs at Thebes. Between 1922 and 1933 he was lent by the Metropolitan Museum to Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter to make a photographic record during the excavation of the tomb of Tutankhamun.

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(1874-1939)

Biographical history

British Egyptologist. Born, London 1874. Died, London 1939. Privately educated. Employed by P. E. Newberry in 1891 working for the Archaeological Survey. Assisted in excavations for the Egypt Exploration Fund 1892-3, was with Petrie at Amarna in 1892, and as a draughtsman to the Deir el-Bahri expedition 1893-9. Appointed Chief Inspector of Antiquities of Upper Egypt 1899-1904. Discovered several royal tombs, including those of Hatshepsut, Tuthmosis IV and Amenophis I. Inspector of Lower Egypt 1905. Employed by Lord Carnarvon from 1909 onwards, to excavate in the Theban necropolis, the Delta and Middle Egypt. His most famous discovery, that of the intact tomb of Tutankhamun, was made in 1922. He spent the next ten years recording the tomb's contents. Most of Carter's records for Tutankhamun's tomb remain unpublished.

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Formerly in the possession of Howard Carter's niece Miss Phyllis Walker.

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Donated to the Griffith Institute by Miss Phyllis Walker in June 1959.

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Ten albums containing original photographic prints made by Harry Burton [TAA i.6.1-10].

  • Arranged by chamber and by object type
  • Annotated headings and negative numbers, probably by Harry Burton or his wife Minnie B.
  • Howard Carter's set of albums

Originally belonging to Howard Carter.

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Property of the Griffith Institute. No restrictions.

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Copyright Griffith Institute, University of Oxford.

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Archived scans in Griffith Institute.

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