Howard Carter (1874-1939): Entryway in an Egyptian Tomb
Pencil and watercolor on paper, signed 'Howard S. Carter' lower right.
12 1/2 x 9 in. (sight), 18 1/4 x 14 1/4 in. (frame).
Note: Egyptologist and archaeologist Howard Carter is best-known for his discovery and excavation of the tomb of King Tutankhamen in the Valley of the Kings. Carter arrived in Egypt at the age of seventeen as an artist, documenting the findings of excavations in the Middle Kingdom tombs of Beni Hasa. His interest in Egyptology and his talent as a draftsman propelled him into the world of Egyptian archaeology, working with Theodore Davis on the excavation of the Tomb of Iouiya and Touiyou in the Valley of the Kings. It was following this excavation that Carter, with funding from his sponsor the 5th Earl of Carnarvon, discovered the entrance way to the pharaoh's tomb that had eluded archaeologists for so long. While working with Davis, Carter made many drawings of the site of the tomb of Iouiya and Touiyou and the findings therein. This drawing was made during that period. Lots 28 to 33 depict items that were removed from the tomb during excavation and are documented in Davis' book about the excavation.
A spot of surface soiling and a small skinned spot at center right. A tiny pinhole at center left and tackholes at the top sheet edge. Otherwise apparently in good condition. Not examined out of frame.
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