Drawing

H Beard Print Collection

1821 (drawn)

unknown

Height: 31.1 cm, Width: 28.5 cm

S.403-2010 T&P

Portrait of Giovanni Battista Belzoni, Harry Beard Collection.

Portrait of Giovanni Battista Belzoni in pencil on paper, pasted to a paper mount. He wears a turban and leans his left elbow on a pillar decorated with Egyptian hieroglyphics.

Portrait of Giovanni Battista Belzoni, Harry Beard Collection. Giovanni Battista or Baptista Belzoni (1778-1823) was an Italian showman, explorer and archaeologist. He worked as a circus strong man in England, but in 1815 went to Egypt where he developed an interest in archaeology and excavated tombs and temples. Many of his finds are now in the British Museum.

Harry R. Beard Collection, given by Isobel Beard

Location: In Storage

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