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Temple of Khonsu at Karnak

Edwin Howland Blashfield

American Art

Made during a trip down the Nile, these two precise drawings by Edwin Howland Blashfield depict architectural landmarks of Egypt. In his image of the twelfth-century Coptic monastery Deir el-Shuhada, the artist juxtaposed linear hatch marks with dark shading to capture the play of light amid the transept arches. He also included a careful study of a mural painting of Saint Stephen, as well as color and light notations. (This drawing helped archaeologists in the 1960s discover the mural, which had been covered with whitewash in the intervening years.)

In Temple of Khonsu at Karnak, Blashfield recorded the famous ancient “forest” of colossal columns, focusing primarily on their regularized geometric arrangement rather than their decorative hieroglyphics.
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"
CREDIT LINE Gift of John H. Field
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Small graphite drawing on verso of profile portrait bust of young Egyptian woman
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 48.217.8_PS4.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 48.217.8_PS4.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2011
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