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Egypt--Burton, Harry
A COLLECTION OF 74 PHOTOGRAPHS, MOSTLY PRESS PRINTS, OF THE OPENING OF THE TOMB OF TUTANKHAMUN, 1922-1923
74 silver prints (from 160 x 210mm. to 190 x 245mm., or the reverse), including photographs of the Valley of the Kings, the excavations, antiquities and objects, Lord Canarvon, Howard Carter and Mr Callendar wrapping objects for transport and removing items from the Tomb and views of the Antechamber and the First Chamber of the Tomb of Tutankhamun, most with typed caption and description on versos, stamped copyright statement: "The Times Photograph / copyright in all countries" and stamped "Not to be published before..." (various dates in 1923 and 1924), each preserved in a clear sleeve and housed in folding box, some stains, wear and occasional tears
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A GOOD COLLECTION OF PHOTOGRAPHS DOCUMENTING THE GREATEST ARCHAEOLOGICAL DISCOVERY OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY.

When Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon opened the tomb of the ancient Egyptian king Tutankhamun in 1922, the spectacular find was captured in evocative detail by Harry Burton (1879-1940), the outstanding archaeological photographer of his day. Harry Burton had been hired in 1914 by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to make a photographic record of ancient Egyptian monuments at Thebes and to serve as the official photographer for the Museum's excavation team. When the tomb of Tutankhamun was discovered in 1922 the Museum's Egyptian Expedition offered the services of its staff to Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon, and Burton spent the next eight years photographing the tomb and its treasures. These photographs reflect his unsurpassed ability to convey the atmosphere of archaeological discovery.

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