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  - Interior of the Temple of Rameses II, Abu Simbel

Interior of the Temple of Rameses II, Abu Simbel

English School. 19th century

Thomas D Bland

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Executed in pen and ink and watercolour, heightened with bodycolour and gum arabic, the study shows two figures, a local guide leading a 19th century tourist through the temple by torchlight.

Inscribed with title 'Interior of the Remeses II Temple - Aboo Simbnel' (lower left) and signed and dated 'T D Bland Jan 7th 68' (on the body of the colossal statue of Ramesses as Osiris).

Probably the most renowned of the numerous monuments moved as a result of the threat of flooding from the building of the Aswan High Dam. Between 1964 and 1968 the entire site of Abu Simbel was carefully dismantled to be reassembled 65 metres higher and 200 metres back from the river, now Lake Nasser.

Framed dimensions: 47 x 54 cm

  - Study of Philae

Study of Philae

English School. 19th century

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Study from the sketchbook, 'Sketches in the East', of 'J.D.T', an as yet unidentified English watercolour artist. The temple complex of Philae is shown from the Nile, the Kiosk of Trajan standing prominently on the banks of the island.

Along with Abu Simbel, this is one of the most renowned of the numerous monuments moved as a result of the threat of flooding caused by the construction of the Aswan High Dam. Formerly standing on an island in the First Cataract of the Nile, the temple complex was partially flooded for half a century after the building of the Aswan Low Dam. It was moved to the nearby island of Agilkia as part of the UNESCO project.

Titled 'Philae' and dated '25 Dec 1861', bottom left corner.

Dimensions: 24.8 x 37.5 cm
Framed Dimensions: 41 x 53 cm

  - A 19th century Grand Tourist exploring the sites

A 19th century Grand Tourist exploring the sites

English School. 19th century

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A cave like interior lit by a candle held by a naked male figure crouched on the heaped bodies of bandaged mummies. A European male looks on whilst a foot is wrested from one of the corpses.
Inscibed on the mount ‘Descent into the Mummy-Pits, nr. Medeenet Aboo./ My guide is represented trying to break off a/ “nice foot”(!) as a memento of this fascinating/ spot.’

Pencil, pen and ink and wash.

Dimensions of study: 12.5 x 24.5 cm. Framed size: 31.2 x 41 cm

  - Watercolour study of 'Philae'

Watercolour study of 'Philae'

English School. 19th century

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Study from the sketchbook, 'Sketches in the East', of 'J.D.T', an as yet unidentified English watercolour artist. A view of the temple of Hathor, Philae.

Along with Abu Simbel, this is one of the most renowned of the numerous monuments moved as a result of the threat of flooding caused by the construction of the Aswan High Dam. Formerly standing on an island in the First Cataract of the Nile, the temple complex was partially flooded for half a century after the building of the Aswan Low Dam. It was moved to the nearby island of Agilkia as part of the UNESCO project.

Titled 'Philae' and dated '29 Dec 1861', bottom left corner.

Dimensions: 24.7 x 36.3 cm
Framed Dimensions: 41.5 x 53 cm

  - Pencil and watercolour study of Karnak

Pencil and watercolour study of Karnak

English School. 19th century

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Study from the sketchbook, 'Sketches in the East', of 'J.D.T', an as yet unidentified English watercolour artist. A view from the back of the complex of Karnak, the largest ancient religious site in the world. Construction of the temples began in the Middle Kingdom and continued through to the Ptolemaic period.

Titled 'Karnak' and dated '25 January 1862' bottom left corner.

Dimensions: 36.5 x 24.8 cm
Framed Dimensions: 53 x 41.5 cm

  - Watercolour study of an Egyptian Temple

Watercolour study of an Egyptian Temple

English School. Early 20th century

Winifred Mabel Brunton (1880-1952)

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Watercolour on paper of a colossal seated figure flanking the entrance from the peristyle courtyard into the hypostyle hall of the temple.

Signed with initials 'WMNB' (Winifred Mabel Newberry Brunton) and dated '1912' on the rock in the foreground.

Winifred Brunton (1880-1959) was the South African wife of British Egyptologist Guy Brunton, who excavated at Lahun with Flinders Petrie, later serving as Assistant Keeper of the Cairo Museum. Winifred illustrated many of the finds for her husband's excavation reports and was responsible for the 'portraits' which fill the two volumes, 'Kings and Queens of Ancient Egypt' (1926) and 'Great Ones of Ancient Egypt' (1929). Today these books are highly collectible for the illustrations.

Dimensions: 36 x 27 cm. Framed dimensions: 50.5 x 40.2 cm

  - Watercolour study of Edfu

Watercolour study of Edfu

English School. 19th century

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Study from the sketchbook, 'Sketches in the East', of 'J.D.T', an as yet unidentified English watercolour artist. A view of the main entrance, the first pylon of the temple of Edfu, one of the best preserved in Egypt, constructed in the Ptolemaic period and dedicated to Horus.

Titled 'Edfoo' and dated '20 Dec 1861', bottom left corner.

Dimensions: 36.2 x 24.5 cm
Framed Dimensions: 52.7 x 41.5 cm

  - Study of a tomb at Beni Hasan

Study of a tomb at Beni Hasan

English School. 19th century

Rev. John Louis Petit (1801–1868)

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A study executed in a striking palette of reds and terracottas over pencil by the Rev. John Louis Petit (1801–1868) of the interior of the 12th Dynasty rock cut tomb of Baqet III at Beni Hasan (tomb 15). This tomb is renowned for its depictions of wrestling techniques, a part of these scenes visible on the rear wall surrounding the niche.

Born in Ashton under Lyne, Lancashire and educated at Eton and Cambridge, the Rev Petit was an accomplished artist publishing a number of books on church architecture. He sketched rapidly and always painted 'plein air', finishing his drawings on site. In 1864-5 he travelled extensively in the East returning home with a collection of studies which included this fine example.

Inscribed on the back in blue ink '1864-5, 32' and in pencil, 'Beni Hasssan 6th January 1865'.

Dimensions: 39.5 x 28 cm
Framed Dimensions: 46.5 x 58.4 cm