Ref NoD-BKL/H/J/6
TitleEgyptian drawings
DescriptionDrawings either done by, or for, William John Bankes during his travels into Egypt between 1815 and 1821. Includes some material dated later relating to those drawings.

This collection is usually made available as digital surrogate images.

Compiled by Daniele Salvoldi in August 2011, widely using the PM Manuscript List, the Transfer List by P. Usick and Dr Usick's PhD Dissertation, deposited within these same papers. Measures are given in millimetres.


Bierbrier 1983 = Bierbrier M., The Salt Watercolours, in GM 61 (1983), pp. 9-12;
Bosticco 1959 = Bosticco S., Le stele egiziane dall'Antico al Nuovo Regno, Istituto Poligrafico dello Stato, Roma 1959;
Fakhry 1944 = Fakhry A., Siwa Oasis. Its History and Antiquities, Government Press, Cairo 1944;
Gardiner, Peet, Cerny 1952 = Gardiner A.H., Peet T.E, Cerny J., The inscriptions of Sinai, I, Egypt Exploration Society, London 1952;
Jomard 1823 = Jomard E.F., Voyage a l???Oasis de Syouah, redige et publie par M. Jomard, De Rignoux, Paris 1823;
Macadam 1946 = Laming Macadam M.F., Gleanings from the Bankes mss, in JEA 32 (1946), pp. 57-64;
Minutoli 1824 = Von Minutoli J.H.B.M., Reise zum Tempel des Jupiter Ammon in der Libyschen Wuste und nach Ober-Aegypten in den Jahren 1820 und 1821, nach den tagebuchern Sr. Excellenz herausgegeben und mit Beilagen begleitet von Dr. E.H. Toelken, Rucker, Berlin 1824;
Mss Linant = Maurice-Adolphe Linant de Bellefonds, Manuscripts in the Bibliotheque Centrale des Musees Nationaux (Online catalogue:;
Sammarco 1930 = Sammarco A., Alessandro Ricci e il suo giornale dei viaggi. Vol. II. Documenti inediti o rari, Societe Royale de Geographie d'Egypte, Il Cairo 1930;
Shinnie 1958 = Shinnie M., Linant de Bellefonds, Journal d'un Voyage Meroe dans les annees 1821-1822, Antiquities Service Occasional Papers, N. 4, Khartoum 1958;
Usick 1996 = Usick P., Excavating the Bankes manuscripts and drawings, in The Sudan Archaeological Research Society Newsletter 10 (June 1996);
Usick 1998 = Usick P., The Egyptian drawings of Alessandro Ricci in Florence. A list of drawings from a portfolio in the Museo Egizio di Firenze, in GM 162 (1998), pp. 73-92;
Usick 2002 = Usick P., Adventures in Egypt and Nubia. The Travels of William John Bankes (1786-1855), The British Museum Press, London 2002;
Wilcken 1899 = U. Wilcken, Griechische Ostraka aus Aegypten und Nubien, Leipzig-Berlin, 1899, vol. 1.

Summary of document types. Non-hieroglyphic inscriptions (Greek, Carian, Latin, Coptic, Demotic, Meroitic, etc.), 67 items. Measured groundplans and elevations, 162 items. Monument & landscape views, 307 items. Egyptian epigraphy, 567 items. Maps, 12 items. Architectural details, 69 items. Anthropology, fauna & flora, 35 items. Objects, statues, 16 items. Notes and rough sketches, 457 items. Total: 1692 items. Author summary. Alessandro Ricci: 358 items (29%). William John Bankes: 331 items (27%). Adolphe Maurice Linant de Bellefonds: 289 items (23%). William Henry Beechey: 124 items (10%). Unidentified authors: 134 items (11%). Total: 1235 items.
Extent1811 documents
AdminHistoryDr Salvoldi identified 1235 items in this part of the collection, but CALM identifies 1713 individual catalogue entries.
The main structure of the Egyptian material catalogue was based on Porter and Moss' Topographical Bibliography of and Egyptian hieroglyphic texts, reliefs and painting (1951). As similar catalogues were done in this manner, the structure is recognisable to Egyptologists. Sections D-BKL/H/J/6/1-20 were initially catalogued by Miss Rosalind Moss sometime between 1939 and 1951. The catalogue structure, and spellings of places, are taken from these listings.
Section D-BKL/H/J/6/21 is a series of manuscripts and drawings which were excluded from the index-list and numbering system made out for the Bankes Mss. in preparation for the Porter and Moss Topographical Bibliography because they did not picture ancient Egyptian subjects. In 1994 some were stored in a box at Kingston Lacy as 'unidentified drawings'; others in a box at Dorset County Archive (now Dorset History Centre) as 'Egypt - unidentified'. The section D-BKL/H/J/6/21/G has been included in the new catalogue of drawings in Patricia Usick's PhD thesis, under 'Material Relating to Nubia and the Sudan from the unidentified Miscellaneous section of the portfolio'.
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