The late 18th century and early 19th century saw an explosion of popular interest in the ancient culture of Egypt. Named ‘Egyptomania’, its origins lay in Napoleon's Egyptian Campaign (1798–1801), which while mostly military also sent artists, scientists, and antiquitarians to discover the ancient temples, buildings and culture. Through its discoveries, an aesthetic impact on literature, art and architecture took place, including an antiquitarian battle to secure the best discoveries. One of the most famous pioneer archaeologists of Egyptian antiquities was the Italian showman and explorer Giovanni Battista Belzoni (5 November 1778 – 3 December 1823), also known as The Great Belzoni. One of his discoveries was the tomb of Seti I, facsimiles were shown at the Egyptian Hall Piccadilly, London during 1820 and 1821. Egyptian Hall, the first Egyptian style building in England was built by William Bullock in 1812, where the mummies from this handbill were also displayed. The iillustrations have been handcolored.
Magnificent Egyptian Mummies. 1821
Recreation of titlepage with added historical elements. Printed on handmade paper resembling the look and feel of paper from the period the work was produced (8.5" x 11"), or textured watercolour paper (5"x7"). Printed with archival inks, and packaged in protective sheet and cardboard backing.
Small prints on antique style paper, mounted to actual antique salvaged wood, and hung with twine. 3.5" x 4.5"