Series TAA iii.4 - Tutankhamun - secondary documentation: copies of original Burton negatives, set of modern negatives

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TAA iii.4


Tutankhamun - secondary documentation: copies of original Burton negatives, set of modern negatives


  • late 1970s to early 1980s (Creation)

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2 filing cabinet drawers

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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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Conservation set of film negatives, made from the original Burton negatives by the Ashmolean Museum Photographic Studio.

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  • Copies of Harry Burton's negatives for the excavation of the tomb of Tutankhamun.
  • This later set of film negatives was made from the original Burton large plate glass negatives (TAA.i.5) and small glass negatives (TAA.i.5A) after the negatives were conserved between 1980 and 1982.

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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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  • Burton large glass plate negatives, see TAA.i.5.
  • Burton small glass plate negatives, see TAA.i.5A.

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