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Valley of the Tombs of the Kings, 1857

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y30214B/26

Scope and Contents

280 x 155 mm. A view looking along the bare landscape of the Valley of the Tombs of the Kings at Thebes, with donkeys standing in the road in the foreground. Frith comments: 'they are situated at a distance of five or six miles from the river, at the extremity of a deep and romantic gorge in the mountains. The entire course of this ravine presents a spectacle of desolate grandeur, which is in the highest degree impressive ... There is not a blade of grass, nor a sign of life except when a solitary vulture wheels overhead, or a jackal is seen stealing among the hot loose stones. An artificial road has been cut in the bottom of the gorge - this is represented in my view, which is taken from a spot near the termination of the valley, where the tombs commence.'


  • Creation: 1857


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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Fair condition, water staining along one edge and slight fading.




Frith, Francis, 1822-1898, photographer

Finding aid date

2004-07-06 09:58:18+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

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