Temple of Khonsu at Karnak
Blashfield made this drawing of the colonnaded forecourt of an ancient temple while sailing down the Nile with his father-in-law, Charles Edwin Wilbour (1833–1896), a noted Egyptologist and benefactor of the Brooklyn Museum’s world-class Egyptian collections. Catering to Americans’ taste for “exotic” subject matter, Blashfield used his Egyptian sketches to illustrate articles he and his wife wrote for the popular Scribner’s Magazine in 1891–92.
- Artist: Edwin Howland Blashfield, American, 1848-1936
- Medium: Graphite on medium, cream, slilghtly textured, wove paper
- Dates: 1887
- Dimensions: Sheet (uneven): 10 5/8 x 13 3/4 in. (27 x 34.9 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Signed lower right: "BY / E. H. BLASHFIELD '87"
- Inscriptions: On verso, in graphite below drawing of woman: "Fatma / Medinet / Aboo"
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Robert E. Blum Gallery, 1st Floor
- Accession Number: 48.217.8
- Credit Line: Gift of John H. Field
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: Edwin Howland Blashfield (American, 1848-1936). Temple of Khonsu at Karnak, 1887. Graphite on medium, cream, slilghtly textured, wove paper, Sheet (uneven): 10 5/8 x 13 3/4 in. (27 x 34.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of John H. Field, 48.217.8
- Catalogue Description: Small graphite drawing on verso of profile portrait bust of young Egyptian woman
- Record Completeness: Best (90%)