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Wonderful ThingsA History of Egyptology: 1: From Antiquity to 1881$
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Jason Thompson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9789774165993

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774165993.001.0001

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Ancient Egypt in Nineteenth-Century Art, Photography, and Literature

Ancient Egypt in Nineteenth-Century Art, Photography, and Literature

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(p.239) 13 Ancient Egypt in Nineteenth-Century Art, Photography, and Literature
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Wonderful Things
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Jason Thompson

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American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774165993.003.0013

Ancient Egypt was an irresistibly alluring attraction for nineteenth-century artists, photographers, and writers. Many artists strove to record the monuments as accurately as possible, and for purely scholarly purposes, but Egyptian motifs also provided materials and inspirations for professional artists like Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema and Edwin Longsden Long, to mention just two of many. Ancient Egypt also played a leading role in the advent of photography because of its potential for recording the monuments. Francis Frith, Maxime du Camp, Antonio Béato, and other photographers rushed to employ the new medium in Egypt. The Egyptian travelogue, of which ever increasing numbers appeared, became a genre in itself and was raised to a high standard by the talented writers Lucie Duff Gordon, Florence Nightingale, and, most famously, Amelia Edwards with her classic A Thousand Miles up the Nile.

Keywords:   artists, photography, travelogue, Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Edwin Longsden Long, Francis Frith, Maxime du Camp, Antonio Béato, Lucie Duff Gordon, Florence Nightingale, Amelia Edwards

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