Last night I watched a fascinating documentary about life and death in Egypt and I was reminded of a period about 7 or 8 years ago when I spent a winter drawing pharoahs. I had bought a magazine which turned out to be full of beautiful photos of ancient sculptures. This first one of Khephren is my favourite and it hung in our hall for many years until I decided to give it to my niece Esther for her 18th birthday as she loved it so much. Luckily I photographed it before parting with it!
When we later visited Egypt in 2007 I was totally overwhelmed by the buildings, artifacts and the history contained within them and took many photos. This is a drawing of one of the columns at the tomb of Rameses II.
We spent a week on a cruise boat and travelled from Luxor to Aswan, stopping off to visit various places along the way. This is a statue of Thoutmosis III which I saw in the museum at Luxor along with many fascinating items found in the tombs of Toutankhamon and others.
This is another statue from the museum, drawn on papyrus which I purchased when I returned home, having seen how it was made on one of our guided tours. I don't know why I didn't buy any in Egypt, maybe because the shops wanted us to buy their own hand painted images. I still have a sketchbook and more pictures to scan so watch this space for more egyptology!