Collection Wiliams MSS - John Williams Rubbings Collection

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Wiliams MSS


John Williams Rubbings Collection


  • Between 1830-1840 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

4 albums

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Biographical history

British antiquarian and astronomer. Born, London 1797. Died, London 1874. Interested in Egyptology from a young age. Pioneered techniques using rubbings and impressions for recording monuments. Associate of Dr John Lee, whose collection was recorded by Williams. FSA. FRAS. Assistant Secretary, Royal Asiatic Society, 1848-74. Member of the Chronological Institute. Also studied and published in Chinese studies.

Archival history

In the possession of Williams family.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented by his grandson Rev. J. F. Williams in 1940, in response to Mr E. T. Leeds's letter in The Times.

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Scope and content

4 albums containing rubbings mainly of objects in the British Museum, and also other museums and private collections including those in the J. Lee collection.

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Kept as received.

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Conditions governing access

Property of the Griffith Institute. No restrictions.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copyright Griffith Institute, Oxford.

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  • English

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No problems.

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These are originals.

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Publication note

  • Not published. See R. L. B. Moss in Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 27 (1941), 7-11 pls. ii-iii [3 ills.].

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Physical storage

  • Box: 0521A, 0521B