Temple of Dakke in Nubia.
London, Publsiedh 1820 by John Murray, Albermarle Street.
Coloured etching. 300 x 510mm, 11¾ x 20". Paper watermarked 'HS & S 1819'.
The temple of Ad-Dakka, drawn by Sara Belzoni for her husband Giovanni Battista's book, 'Plates Illustrative of the Researches in Egypt and Nubia, 1820-2. Originally situated about 60 miles south of Aswan, it was moved to a new site away from the flooding caused by the dam built in the 1960s. 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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