The Great Belzoni: Egyptology’s Pioneer
Commemorative Lithograph of Giovanni Battista Belzoni, 1824
In 1824 Sir John Soane made one of his most audacious purchases - the acclaimed Belzoni Sarcophagus, now on display in the Sepulchral Crypt of No.13 Lincoln's Inn Fields. This unique antiquity, the alabaster sarcophagus (or rather coffin) of Seti I was discovered in the Valley of the Kings by the father of Egyptology Giovanni Battista Belzoni (1778 - 1824). This exhibition will look at the pioneering role played by Belzoni in the development of Egyptology as a scientific discipline focusing specifically on his discovery of the tomb of Seti I. A series of highly detailed coloured drawings and prints showing the interiors of the tomb as discovered by Belzoni will be the centrepiece of this show. Further details to be confirmed.