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Amelia Ann Blanford Edwards (1831-1892), Novelist and egyptologist

Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Sitter in 5 portraits
Unusually for Victorian women travel writers, Amelia Edwards was already a successful novelist before she started travelling. In the 1860s she embarked on a series of expeditions, to Europe and Egypt. Her account of this latter trip, A Thousand Miles up the Nile, was the first general archaeological survey of Egypt's ruins. It made her name and changed the direction of her life. Edwards was central in founding the discipline of Egyptology, setting up the Egypt Exploration Fund in 1882. She left her library and collection of antiquities to University College, London, as well as a bequest that established the first English chair in Egyptology.

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Amelia Ann Blanford Edwards

by (George) Herbert Watkins
albumen print, arched top, late 1850s
NPG P301(23)


Amelia Ann Blanford Edwards

by Frederick Richard Window
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG x14331


Amelia Ann Blanford Edwards

by Window & Grove
albumen cabinet card, 1860s
NPG x197305


Amelia Ann Blanford Edwards

by August Weger, after Elliott & Fry
line and stipple engraving, after 1876
NPG D7713