Collection Wild MSS - James William Wild Collection

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Wild MSS


James William Wild Collection


  • 1842-mid 1840s (Creation)

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Extent and medium

2 portfolios and 3 notebooks

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Name of creator


Biographical history

British architect. Born, Lincoln 1814. Died, London 1892. Assisted Lepsius's work in Egypt from 1842 onwards. Studied Arabic architecture in Cairo. When he returned to Britain he was appointed decorative architect to the Great Exhibition, 1851. Curator, Sir John Soane's Museum, London, 1878-92.

Archival history

Formerly in the possession of Miss C. Wild (daughter?).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

There is an entry for the Wild MSS in the Topographical Bibliography manuscripts' records list stating that his daughters presented the material. The accession of the Wild MSS was also reported in the Ashmolean Museum Report, see below, where it is said that the MSS were presented by Wild's daughter, Miss Wild.

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Scope and content

Two portfolios containing drawings and plans, and three illustrated notebooks.

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System of arrangement

Kept as received.

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Conditions governing access

Property of the Griffith Institute. No restrictions.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copyright Griffith Institute, University of Oxford.

Language of material

  • angličtina

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No problems.

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Existence and location of originals

These are originals.

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Other Archives:

  • Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design & Department of Paintings, Accessions 1938. London: The Board of Education, 1939. The material in the V&A includes plans, sketches, drawings, etc. of Islamic monuments in Cairo (mosques and domestic buildings), as well as of monuments from other cities/countries, such as Damascus, Greece, Italy and Spain.

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Publication note

Not published.

Publication note

  • Accession note, see 'Report of the Committee of Management of the Griffith Institute for the year 1939' in Ashmolean Museum Report 1939, p. 41 ("Wild MSS. Note-book containing plans, copies of scenes and inscriptions, and notes by James William Wild, later curator of the Soane Museum (1842). Presented by his daughter, Miss Wild.").

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  • Shelf: 0517B