General View of the Pyramids.
London, Publsiedh 1820 by John Murray, Albermarle Street.
Coloured etching. 300 x 510mm, 11¾ x 20". Paper watermarked 'HS & S 1819'.
A view of the Pyramids from the far banks of the Nile, drawn by Sara Belzoni for her husband Giovanni Battista's book, 'Plates Illustrative of the Researches in Egypt and Nubia, 1820-2. Belzoni (1778-1824), a one-time circus strongman, stumbled into Egyptology. Engaged by the British consul, Henry Salt, he removed the seven-ton bust of Rameses II from Thebes, sending it to the British Museum in London. Afterwards he cleared the sand from Abu Simbel (1817 - thirty years before the arrival of David Roberts) and opened the second pyramid at Giza
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