November 1864 - February 1865. Twenty-seven original watercolours on paper, including one three-part panorama ca. 13x108,5 cm (5 x 42 ¾ in), three two-part panoramas ca. 13x72,5 cm (5 x 28 ½ in), seven panoramas ca. 13x36 cm (5 ¼ x 14 ¼ in), and ten large watercolours ca. 26x36 cm (10 ¼ x 14 ¼ in); the rest are from ca. 20x30 cm (8 x 11 ¾ in) to ca. 16x23 cm (6 ¼ x 9 in). All unsigned, but with the original paper labels mounted underneath, inscribed and dated by the artist. See detailed descriptions and sizes below. All watercolours mounted on new card mounts and housed in a custom made green full cloth box with a gilt-lettered morocco title label on the lid. Overall a fine collection of beautiful watercolours.
A collection of twenty-seven beautiful large watercolour views taken by a British traveller during an early dahabiya cruise up the Nile in November 1864 – February 1865. The traveller arrived at Alexandria on November 17 and took a classic Nile voyage, reaching slightly beyond the Second Cataract, and returning to Middle Egypt on February 6. The watercolours create a lyrical picture of the Nile as it was known since antiquity and before the construction of the 20th-century dams, which had changed its landscape forever. The collection starts with a skyline of Alexandria taken from the sea and continues with the views of the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Pyramids of Saqqara and the nearby Serapeum necropolis, ancient quarries at Tora and Gebel el-Tair (with the Coptic Convent of the Pulley seen on top of the cliffs), the ancient site of the Thebes, Nile’s banks and cliffs, including a beautiful three-part panorama of the “Aboo Faydee, the highest rocks between Cairo & the 2nd Cataract” (near modern-day Asyut). Very interesting are seven views showing the Second Cataract and the temples of Upper Egypt and Lower Nubia, which have been flooded or relocated during the construction of the Aswan High Dam in the 1960s: Gerf Hussein, Dakka, Qasr Ibrim (the only major archaeological site in Lower Nubia to survive the Nile flooding during the dam construction, turned into an island), Amada, Nile banks near Wadi Sabua, and Dabod [?]. There is also a large beautiful watercolour of the interior of the Tomb of Ramesses III in the Valley of the Kings (Bruce’s Tomb) and atmospheric views of the Nile valley near the Beni Hasan necropolis and the Speos Artemidos temples. Overall a beautiful collection of early Nile watercolour views.
List of watercolours:
First view of Alexandria, very early in the morng. of Nov. 17th, 1864. Panorama ca. 12,5x35,5 cm (5 x 13 ¾ in).
Pyramids of Ghezeh [Giza]. Nov. 27th from our Dahabieh. Panorama ca. 13x36 cm (5 ¼ x 14 ¼ in).
On the Nile near Torra [Tora]. Nov. 28th. Stone Quarres of Torra from whence the stone for the Gt. Pyramid was taken. Panorama ca. 13x36 cm (5 ¼ x 14 ¼ in).
Before breakfast Nov. 29th. Dashoor Sakkara. Abooseer [Dahshur. Saqqara. Abusir]. Panorama ca. 13x36 cm (5 ¼ x 14 ¼ in).
Entrance to the Apis Cemetery near Sakkara. Nov. 29th. Ca. 23x16 cm (9 x 6 ¼ in).
The Apis Cemetery near Sakkara. Nov. 29th. From recollection. Ca. 20x30 cm (8 x 11 ¾ in).
Near Deir Dadige[?]. Decr. 7th. Panorama ca. 13x36 cm (5 ¼ x 14 ¼ in).
Stone Quarry, Jebel e Taur [Gebel el-Tair] & Coptic convent of Sitteh [Convent of the Pulley]. Decr. 9th. Ca. 16x23 cm (6 ¼ x 9 in).
Aboo Faydee [near Asyut], the highest rocks between Cairo & the 2nd Cataract. Decr. 14th (here we saw the 1st crocodile). Three-part panorama ca. 13x108,5 cm (5 x 42 ¾ in).
Stabl Haman, one of the burial places of the inhabitants of ancient Lycopolis – now Sioot [Asyut]. Decr. 15th 1864. Ca. 23x15,5 cm (9 x 6 ¼ in).
Gebel e Faiout in the distance. Decr. 22d. Panorama ca. 13x36 cm (5 ¼ x 4 ¼ in).
Jebel e Faiout. Decr. 22d. Panorama ca. 13x36 cm (5 ¼ x 4 ¼ in).
Gebel Nagardi. Derc. 23rd. Two-part panorama ca. 13x72,5 cm (5 x 28 ½ in).
Thebes. Decr. 24th. Karnak. Luxor. See 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 in portfolio for Luxor, Medeenet Haboo & Ramesium. Ca. 17x36 cm (6 ¾ x 14 ¼ in).
Between Luxor & Esneh [Esna]. Decr. 29th. Two-part panorama ca. 13x72,5 cm (5 ¼ x 28 ½ in).
[Flooded?] Dabod[?]. Nubia. Entered the torrid zone. Janry. 7th. Ca. 16x23 cm (6 ¼ x 9 in).
[Flooded] Just after passing Sabooa [Wadi Sabua, Sudan]. Janry. 8th. Ca. 26x36 cm (10 ¼ x 14 ¼ in).
[Flooded] 2nd Cataract of the Nile. Janry. 13th. Mountains near Dongola. Rock of Abooseer [Abusir]. Two-part panorama ca. 13,5x72,5 cm (5 ¼ x 28 ½ in).
[Flooded] [A view of the Nile] From the entrance to Temple at Amada. Janry. 16th. Ca. 26x36 cm (10 ¼ x 14 ¼ in).
[Flooded] Ibreem [Qasr Ibrim], Janry. 16th. A great Roman & Saracenic garrison in the time of Candace, Queen of Ethiopia. Ca. 26x36 cm (10 ¼ x 14 ¼ in).
[Flooded] From our Dahabieh opposite Gerf Hossaun [Gerf Hussein]. Janry. 18th near the Tropic. Ca. 26x36 cm (10 ¼ x 14 ¼ in).
[Flooded] From our Dahabieh opposite Dakkeh [Dakka], 8 o’clock in the morning. Janry 18th. Ca. 26x36 cm (10 ¼ x 14 ¼ in).
No. 11. Tombs of the Kings. Janry. 28th. Bruce’s or the Harper’s Tomb [the Tomb of Ramesses III]. Ca. 36x26 cm (14 ¼ x 10 ¼ in).
Beni Hassan [Beni Hasan]. Febry. 6th. Ca. 26,5x35 cm (10 ½ x 14 in).
Tombs of Beni Hassan. Febry. 6th. Ca. 26x36 cm (10 ¼ x 14 ¼ in).
Speos Artemidos or Stabl Antar [Instabl Antar] near the Tombs of Beni Hassan. Febry. 6th. Ca. 26x36 cm (10 ¼ x 14 ¼ in).
From the Speos Artimedos. Febry. 6th. Ca. 26x36 cm (10 ¼ x 14 ¼ in).
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