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Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Sir (William Matthew) Flinders Petrie (1853-1942), Archaeologist

Paintings, drawings, sculptures and prints
Photographs and film
Undated photographs

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1895
Watercolour drawing, 330 x 495mm, by Henry Wallis RWS, whole-length to left, standing with long staff, holding an artefact before him; untraced; Bonhams, 5 Mar. 2002 (63) (captioned ‘Flinders Petrie admiring a find, the Rammesseum, Western Thebes, 1865 [sic]’).
A second version, by or after Wallis, watercolour drawing, 225 x 31mm (framed), as above, with slight changes to composition; UCL AM, EDC2674. Exh. Framing the Archaeologist, Petrie M. of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, 2009; repr. Drower 1985, pl.80; and Harte & North 2004, p.144, fig.212.

1900
Oil on canvas by George Frederic Watts; see NPG 3959.

1905
Oil on canvas by unidentified artist, head-and-shoulder to left, almost profile to left wearing academic robes; Stanley Halls, South Norwood, London.

Publ.1907
?OIl on canvas, by Bror Kronstrand, head-and-shoulders to left, almost profile to left with almost grey beard; untraced. Repr. IDUN (Illustrated Magazine for Women and the Home), 27 June 1907, front cover.

1912
Watercolour drawing by Winifred Brunton, signed and dated ‘W.M.N.B / 1912’ towards bottom left, bust, profile to left against plain background, looking down slightly with white beard; UCL AM, EDC261. Exh. RA 1913 (1177); repr. Proceedings of the British Academy, vol.28, 1942, between pp.306–307.

1923
Thumbnail pencil sketches by Powys Evans (very rough), head only from different angles, emphasis on distinctive nose and bushy beard; NPG, Powys Evans Sketchbook, Box 8, pp.83, 85, 87, 89, 91, 95.

Bronze medal by unidentified artist, inscr. ‘William Matthew Flinders Petrie / MCMXXIII’ (obverse) and ‘presented for work in Archaeology’ (reverse), head only, profile to left (obverse), head of Khufu from Abydos and an ibis (reverse); untraced. Repr. Drower 1985, p.358. Presented to Petrie in July 1925, and thereafter awarded for distinguished work in archaeology.

1934
Portraits by Philip Alexius de László, July–Aug. 1934:
(a) charcoal on grey paper, 410 x 375mm, resting head in left hand, compositional study for (c) (variant pose); priv. coll. (ref. The de László Catalogue Raisonné, 6894, forthcoming.
(b) charcoal heightened with white chalk on paper, 559 x 375mm, signed and inscr. lower right ‘Sir Flinders / Petry [sic] / P AdeL / 1934 July / 19 –’ and top right ‘34’, compositional study for (c) (variant pose); priv. coll. (ref. The de László Catalogue Raisonné, 6901, forthcoming).
(c) oil on canvas, 1479 x 1220mm, three-quarter-length to front, seated, wearing academic gown, right arm resting on arm of chair, holding a small statuette of the war-goddess Neith; UCL AM, PC5628. Exh. A Future for the Past: Petrie’s Palestinian Collection, Brunei G., SOAS, U. of London, 2007 (no cat. no.); repr. Drower 1985, between pp.314–15; and PCF (Slade and UCL) 2005, p.47.
(d) oil on canvas, 800 x 570mm, half-length to left, almost profile to left, seated, with full white beard and grey suit; UCL AM, PC5676. Exh. A Future for the Past: Petrie’s Palestinian Collection, Brunei G., SOAS, U. of London, 2007 (no cat. no.); repr. PCF (Slade and UCL) 2005, p.46.
(e) see NPG 4007.

1937
Oil on canvas by Ludwig Blum, head-and-shoulders to front; L. of Archaeology, Hebrew U. of Jerusalem. Repr.
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c.1860
Carte-de-visite by unidentified photographer, 90 x 60mm, aged 8, with his mother, whole-length to front, standing, wearing dark tunic, left arm resting on table; Petrie M. of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, Photo Album 115/513. Repr. Drower 1985, between pp.58–9, fig.3.

c.1865
Photograph, 90 x 55mm, by unidentified photographer, aged about 12, half-length to front, seated, wearing checked suit; Petrie M. of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, PMA/WFPI: 115/15/1. Repr. as head-and-shoulders vignette Drower 1985, pl.5.

c.1886
Photographs by Elliott & Fry, three known poses:
(a) half-length, turned slightly to left, looking to left, seated with legs crossed, hands resting together on lap, with trimmed beard; repr. Drower 1985, fig.19.
(b) 140 x 96mm, dressed as in (a), half-length to front, profile to right, hands on lap, tie clasp visible, in front of window; Petrie M. of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, Photo Album 115/513.
(c) dressed as in (a), half-length, profile to left; neg. Petrie M. of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, 4981. Repr. Reeves & Taylor 1993, p.24.

1888
Photograph by unidentified photographer, whole-length, standing, with arms crossed casually behind head, leaning against wall of cave where he lived whilst excavating at Giza, goat in foreground; prints colls Petrie M. of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL; and (95 x 76mm) Griffith Inst., U. of Oxford, Petrie MSS. 5.5.23.459. Exh. Framing the Archaeologist, Petrie M. of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, 2009; repr. Drower 1985, pl.7; Drower 2004a, p.22; and Moon 2006, p.194.

c.1896
Photograph by unidentified photographer, head-and-shoulders vignette to front, beard speckled with grey, wearing herring-bone suit and tie clasp; neg. Petrie M. of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, 4980. Repr. Wilson 1902, p.318; and Drower 1985, pl.44. Taken at the time of his marriage.

1898
Photographs by Frederick Hollyer, five known poses:
(a) 100 x 145mm, three-quarter-length, almost profile to left, seated with legs crossed, wearing cape, looking down at volume on table, with wife Hilda to left; print and neg. Petrie M. of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, 4976. Repr. Drower 1985, pl.63.
(b) 145 x 100mm, dressed as in (a), half-length to front, shoulders slightly to left, seated; prints colls Petrie M. of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, 4971 (and neg.); V&A, London, 7886-1938; and Bettman Archive/Corbis BE075051; repr. Petrie 1931, frontispiece.
(c) 110 x 80mm, half-length, looking to right, seated at table with open volume before him, right hand to head; prints colls Petrie M. of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, 4973 (and neg.); Bolton M. & Archive Service, BOLMG: 1989.93.1.
(d) 110 x 80mm, half-length, slightly profile to left, eyes to front, seated; prints colls Petrie M. of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, Photo Album 115/513; and RCS England.
(e) 117 x 80mm, dressed as in (d), half-length, profile to right; print and neg. Petrie M. of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, 4972.

c.1900
Photograph, 85 x 105mm, by unidentified photographer using Petrie’s camera, whole-length, standing to front behind camera, wearing wide-brimmed hat, at Abydos; Petrie M. of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, PMA/WFPI: 115/5/2. Exh. Framing the Archaeologist, Petrie M. of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, 2009; repr. Egyptian Archaeology, no.36, Spring 2010, frontispiece.

Photograph by unidentified photographer, three-quarter-length to left, seated, with hat and cloth over head, with Amy Urlin in the courtyard of the first ‘dig house’ at Abydos; neg. Egypt Exploration Soc., London. Repr. Drower 1985, pl.48; Dawson & Uphill 1995, front cover; and O’Connor 2009, p.27.

early 1900s
Photograph by unidentified photographer, whole-length, slightly to left, standing, wearing cap and holding staff, on left of scene, supervising excavations at Abydos; neg. Egypt Exploration Soc., London, ABRT_II_0256 EDITED. Repr. Spencer 2007, front cover.

1903
Photograph by unidentified photographer, sitting with William Holman Hunt at The Cottage, Sonning, Berks., summer 1903 (ref. Bronkhurst 2006, vol.1, p.510); repr. Drower 1985, pl.64.

1907
Photographs by unidentified photographer, Sept. 1907, two known poses:
(a) 105 x 82mm, half-length, standing in background beside wife Hilda, under portico of UCL, with mother-in-law Mrs Urlin and father William Petrie at the christening of son John; print and neg. Petrie M. of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, 5003. Repr. Drower 1985, pl.65.
(b) half-length, seated, holding John Petrie, beside father William Petrie; Petrie M. of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL (lantern slide, now destroyed, modern print only).

1908
Platinum prints by (John) Benjamin Stone, inscr. on mount ‘July 17th 1908’, group of 35 sitters, lunch party at the House of Commons, two known poses:
(a) 156 x 202mm, whole-length to left, seated at right-hand edge of front row; NPG x135013.
See also East, Poynter, Richmond, A. Webb.
(b) 155 x 203mm, whole-length to left, seated at right-hand edge of front row; NPG x135569.
See also East, Poynter, Richmond, A. Webb.

Platinum prints probably by Roland Parker Stone, inscr. on mount ‘July 17th 1908’, group of 35 sitters, lunch party at the House of Commons, two almost identical poses:
(a) 156 x203mm, whole-length to left, seated at right-hand edge of front row; NPG x135567.
See also East, Poynter, Richmond, A. Webb.
(b) 155 x 207mm, whole-length to left, seated at right-hand edge of front row; NPG x135568.
See also East, Poynter, Richmond.

c.1909
Photograph, 65 x 90mm, by unidentified photographer, half-length, profile to left wearing cap, standing outside holding his son John; Petrie M. of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, Photo Album 115/513.

c.1910
Photograph, by unidentified photographer, whole-length, leaning forwards on stone block, with his wife, probably in Memphis; Petrie M. of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL (lantern slide, now destroyed, modern print only).

Photograph, 70 x 100mm, by unidentified photographer, whole-length to right, profile to right, rear view, standing with right leg outstretched, wearing cap, excavating at Memphis; Petrie M. of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, Photo Album 115/513.

1914
Photograph by C.T. Campion, whole-length to front, standing leaning on tall stick, with wife and Campion at site of royal workmen’s town, Kahun, Egypt; copy print Manchester M., U. of Manchester.

c.1916
Photograph by unidentified photographer, half-length to right, rear view, seated in his study at Well Road, Hampstead; repr. Drower 1985, pl.78.

1917
Photographs by Walter Stoneman, five known poses:
(a) head-and-shoulders, body to front, head slightly profile to left looking down, with trimmed white beard and dark suit; neg. NPG x43311.
(b) dressed as in (a), head-and-shoulders, body to front, head almost fully profile to left; RCS England (not accessioned).
(c) dressed as in (a), head-and-shoulders, body to front, right arm resting over chairback, looking levelly ahead; neg. NPG x43313.
(d) dressed as in (a), head-and-shoulders, body slightly twisted to right, slightly profile to right; neg. NPG x43314. Repr. ILN, 10 Mar. 1923, p.390.
(e) dressed as in (a), head-and-shoulders, shoulders turned to left, profile to left; neg. NPG x43312; print (150 x 105mm) Petrie M. of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, Photo Album 115/513.

c.1920
Photograph, 80 x 110mm, by unidentified photographer, whole-length to left, standing in line-up of fellow excavators, wife to his left; Petrie M. of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, Photo Album 115/513.

Photograph by unidentified photographer, whole-length to left, facing front, standing with wife on left-hand side, at dig site; print and neg. Petrie M. of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, 3173; ref. The Man Who Discovered Egypt, BBC Four documentary broadcast 28 Mar. 2012.

1921
Photograph by unidentified photographer, three-quarter-length to left, standing, right arm raised and resting on display case at UCL (displaying finds from recent dig sites), looking up at wooden statuette; Petrie M. of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL (lantern slide, now destroyed, modern print only). Repr. Sphere, 23 July 1921; Drower 1985, between pp.282–3, fig.74; and Harte & North 2004, p.143, fig.221.

c.1922
Photograph by unidentified photographer, whole-length to right, facing front, standing in dark suit, leaning against packing crates at Abydos; repr. Drower 1985, between pp.218–19, fig.60.

Photograph, 100 x 125mm, by unidentified photographer, whole-length slightly to right, standing on slope, holding staff, at ?Abydos with his wife; print and neg. Petrie M. of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, 4977.

Photograph, 103 x 173mm, by unidentified photographer, whole-length, wearing long coat and clutching staff, striding across the desert at Abydos, with G.W.H. Walker following behind; Petrie M. of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, Photo Album 115/513. Repr. Drower 1985, between pp.218–19, fig.73.

early 1920s
Photographs by Maull & Fox, two known poses:
(a) head-and-shoulders, slightly profile to right, wearing suit jacket with dark tie and white beard; RGS, London, PR/051919. Repr. ILN, 10 Mar. 1923, p.390; and Graphic, 7 July 1923, p.4.
(b) 195 x 143mm, head-and-shoulders, fully profile to right with full white beard; prints colls Petrie M. of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, Photo Album 115/513; and RCS England (not accessioned).

1928
Photograph, 240 x 175mm, by Charles Bernard Mortlock, half-length to front, behind low wall, wearing flat cap and holding staff in right hand, on site in Ajjul; Palestine Exploration Fund, London, PEF/P/Portrait/Mortlock/Flinders Petrie. Exh. A Future for the Past: Petrie’s Palestinian Collection, Brunei G., SOAS, U. of London, 2007.

c.1928
Stereoscopic images by unidentified photographer, ‘Flinders Petrie Measuring from Survey Point’, two known poses:
(a) 65 x 50mm, whole-length to left, standing, bending forwards to measure beside large rock, wearing dark suit and flat cap; Palestine Exploration Fund, London, PEF/P/Portrait/Stereo/Flinders Petrie.
(b) dressed as in (a), whole-length to left, standing up straight, holding measuring stick in front of him; print coll. Palestine Exploration Fund, London, PEF/P/Portrait/Stereo/Flinders Petrie’.

1920s
Photograph by unidentified photographer, three-quarter-length to front, facing front, standing with right arm resting on edge of display case, holding up small sculpture; Getty Images, 50615016.

Photograph, 120 x 150mm, by unidentified photographer, half-length to front, slightly profile to right, seated, with white wispy hair, at Qau el Kebir; Petrie M. of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, Photo Album 115/513.

Photograph, 74 x 78mm, probably also at Qau el Kebir, whole-length to left, standing in excavated site; Petrie M. of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, Photo Album 115/513.

Photograph by unidentified photographer, whole-length to right, standing in front of two high walls, bending towards camera, holding long staff in right hand; repr. Drower 1985, back cover.

c.1928–33
Photographs, 102 x 707mm, by Olga Tufnell, four known poses:
(a) half-length, profile to right, with coat fastened; Palestine Exploration Fund, London, PEF/P/Portrait/Tuf/Flinders Petrie, 1.
(b) half-length to front, eyes to right, seated, with coat unfastened and right arm resting on chairback; Palestine Exploration Fund, London, PEF/P/Portrait/Tuf/Flinders Petrie, 2.
(c) dressed as in (b), facing forwards, eyes to front; Palestine Exploration Fund, London, PEF/P/Portrait/Tuf/Flinders Petrie, 3.
(d) dressed as in (b), slightly profile to left, eyes to front, smiling; Palestine Exploration Fund, London, PEF/P/Portrait/Tuf/Flinders Petrie, 4.

Photograph by unidentified photographer, standing with group including Olga Tufnell and Lady Petrie, at entranceway to building (possibly at UCL); UCL Archives (modern print).

1930
Photographs by unidentified photographer, on visit to excavations at Caere, Italy, 8 Apr. 1930, five known poses:
(a) 85 x 115mm, three-quarter-length to front, standing, wearing hat, in middle of group including Ann and Hilda Petrie; Petrie M. of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, Photo Album 115/513.
(b) 85 x 115mm, half-length, slightly profile to right, standing on left-hand side, wearing hat, with Hilda and Ann Petrie; Petrie M. of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, Photo Album 115/513.
(c) 85 x 115mm, dressed as in (a), half-length, slightly profile to left, standing; Petrie M. of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, Photo Album 115/513.
(d) 85 x 115mm, dressed as in (a), three-quarter-length to left, standing beside Hilda Petrie, looking up towards camera; Petrie M. of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, Photo Album 115/513.
(e) 85 x 115mm, as above, half-length to front, facing front, standing with left elbow propped against wall; Petrie M. of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, Photo Album 115/513.

Photograph by unidentified photographer, three-quarter-length, almost profile to left, standing with right arm resting on edge of display platform, holding an artefact; repr. Drower 1985, between pp.378–9, fig.110. Taken at the opening of his first Palestine exhibition at UCL, with pottery from Tell el Far’a displayed.

1932
Photograph by Fox Photos Ltd, three-quarter-length, seated at left-hand side of image, examining pottery laid out on table, discovered on a journey to ‘the ancient city of Abraham’, July 1932; Getty Images, 3336772.

Photograph, 170 x 120mm, by unidentified photographer, head-and-shoulders, almost profile to right, full white beard, wearing tweed suit and oval badge; Petrie M. of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, Photo Album 115/513; and (343 x 270mm) RGS, London, PR/0036/018238.

Photograph, possibly from same session as above, head-and-shoulders to front, looking down, strings of beads displayed in background; repr. Les Deux Terres

c.1932
Photograph, 83 x 107mm, by unidentified photographer, three-quarter-length to front, standing with Ann Petrie and Mr and Mrs Wood, at Bere, Devon; Petrie M. of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, Photo Album 115/513.

1933
Photographs by unidentified press photographer, 1 Sept. 1933, two known poses:
(a) nearly whole-length, wearing suit and Homburg hat with dark band, at door of rail carriage with wife, leaving London for Gaza; Bettman Archive/Corbis, BE048229.
(b) dressed as in (a), half-length, leaning through window of rail carriage, arms resting on frame; modern print, UCL Archive.

Photographs by unidentified press photographer, probably from same session as above:
(a) half-length, dressed as above but wearing dark overcoat and without hat, leaning forwards through window of rail carriage; repr. Drower 1995, front cover.
(b) head-and-shoulders to front, wearing overcoat and hat; Petrie M. of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, Photo Album 115/513.

Photograph by unidentified photographer, nearly whole-length slightly to right, standing in front of a table displaying artefacts; Bettman Archive/Corbis, BE053139.

Photograph, 140 x 90mm, by unidentified photographer, head-and-shoulders almost profile to right, right hand raised to chest, wearing wide-brimmed hat, at Tell el Ajjul; Carl Pape Coll., Bolton M. & Archive Service, BOLMG: 1989.93.2.

Photograph, 140 x 87mm, by unidentified photographer, three-quarter-length to left, profile to left, standing outdoors, looking off into the distance at Tell el Ajjul; Petrie M. of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, Photo Album 115/513 (3 prints).

Photographs by unidentified photographer at Qau el Kebir, two known poses:
(a) 80 x 110, whole-length, facing front, wearing cap, at right-hand side of image; Petrie M. of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, Photo Album 115/513.
(b) 110 x 80mm, dressed as above with Hilda Petrie; Petrie M. of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, Photo Album 115/513.

c.1933
Photograph, 210 x 158mm, by unidentified photographer, head only, profile to left, with long with long white beard; Petrie M. of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, Photo Album 115/513.

Photograph, 85 x 110mm, by unidentified photographer, small figure in distance with Hilda Petrie outside a ‘dig house’ in Tell el Ajjul; Petrie M. of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, Photo Album 115/513.

1934
Silent film by a member of the de László family, made in the garden of Philip de László’s house in London, July–Aug. 1934, Petrie walking and seated at tea-table; untraced. Ref. Drower 1985, p.xxi.

Photograph, 135 x 85mm, by unidentified photographer, whole-length to right, profile to right, bent backwards slightly and looking up into the trees, Salisbury, Wiltshire; Petrie M. of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, Photo Album 115/513.

Photographs by unidentified photographer, as the Petries left for their Syrian caravan trip, Oct. 1934, two known poses:
(a) 70 x 115mm, whole-length, standing to right in front of their vehicle, wearing suit and hat, Lady Petrie to right; print and neg. Petrie M. of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, 4984. Repr. Drower 1985, pl.111.
(b) 114 x 70mm, dressed as in (a), standing on right-hand side, holding staff and leaning against front wheel; print and neg. Petrie M. of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, Photo Album 115/513.

Photograph, 110 x 150mm, by unidentified photographer, only just in picture, profile to left, seated on right-hand side talking to group of children at Tell Ternos, near Safita; Petrie M. of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, Photo Album 115/513. Repr. Drower 1985, pl.112 (captioned ‘Lone Syrian Shore’).

c.1934
Colour photograph by unidentified photographer, half-length, standing outside next to wife, wearing blue suit; neg. Petrie M. of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, 4983.

1935/6
Photograph, 65 x 114mm, by unidentified photographer, whole-length to front, standing, wearing hat and holding stick, with Lady Petrie and excavators at Sheik Zaweyd, winter 1935/6; Petrie M. of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, PMA/WFPI: 115/15/3/4 + 5. Repr. Drower 1985, between pp.378–9, fig.114.

c.1935–7
Photographs by unidentified photographer, three known poses:
(a) 89 x 60mm, whole-length to front, standing with wife, wearing dark jacket, in the grounds of the American School of Oriental Research, Jerusalem; Petrie M. of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, Photo Album 115/513.
(b) 87 x 177, dressed as in (a), three-quarter-length to left, facing front, standing in the library of the American School; Petrie M. of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, Photo Album 115/513.
(c) 140 x 85mm, whole-length, standing in doorway at the American School, wearing waistcoat and jacket; Petrie M. of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, Photo Album 115/513.

c.1936
Photograph, 75 x 60mm, by unidentified photographer, head-and-shoulders slightly to right, facing front, smiling, wearing jacket and tie with horseshoe pin; Petrie M. of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, Photo Album 115/513.

1937
Photograph, 120 x 90mm, by A.C. Cooper, half-length, seated behind desk in study in Jerusalem, holding sheet of paper; Petrie M. of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, Photo Album 115/513.

1938
Photograph, 175 x 125mm, by unidentified photographer, half-length turned to left, near-profile to left, with white wispy hair in a garden setting, Jan. 1938; Petrie M. of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, Photo Album 115/513.

Photograph, 175 x 125mm, by unidentified photographer, possibly from same sitting as item above, half-length, facing front, smiling; Petrie M. of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, Photo Album 115/513.

Photograph, by unidentified photographer, whole-length, seated, wearing flat cap, amongst bracken at Buckfastleigh, Dartmoor, 21 Aug. 1938; repr. Drower 1985, pl.109. Eight days later Petrie left England for the last time.

Photograph, 140 x 90mm, by unidentified photographer using a box camera, whole-length, profile to right, standing, wearing hat, at Tell el Ajjul; Petrie M. of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, Photo Album 115/513. Repr. Drower 1985, pl.106; and Drower 2004a, p.249.

c.1938
Photographs by unidentified photographer, two known poses:
(a) whole-length, slightly to right, standing, wearing light suit, beside wife Hilda in the garden of the American School of Oriental Research, Jerusalem; repr. Drower 1985, pl.115.
(b) 90 x 60mm, dressed as in (a), whole-length to right, profile to right, staring into distance, standing in grounds of the American School; Petrie M. of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, Photo Album 115/513.

?c.1938
Photograph, 70 x 45mm, by unidentified photographer, whole-length, bending over to right, wearing cap, surveying ‘near sh.’ with ?John Petrie; Petrie M. of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, Photo Album 115/513.

c.1940
Photographs by unidentified photographer, in the grounds of the American School of Oriental Research, Jerusalem, four known poses:
(a) 113 x 68mm, whole-length to front, standing, wearing suit with high-waisted trousers, cypress tree in the background; Petrie M. of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, Photo Album 115/513.
(b) 145 x 90mm, dressed as in (a), whole-length, slightly to right, standing with hands crossed across stomach; prints colls Petrie M. of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, Photo Album 115/513 (2 prints); and RCS England (not accessioned).
(c) 114 x 70mm, dressed as in (a), with arms by sides; Petrie M. of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, Photo Album 115/513.
(d) 140 x 90mm, three-quarter-length to right, profile to right, standing with hands behind back; Petrie M. of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, Photo Album 115/513 (and a second, cropped print, 175 x 125mm).

1942
Photograph, 110 x 85mm, by unidentified photographer, head-and-shoulders, reclining in hospital bed in Jerusalem, hands resting across stomach; Petrie M. of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, Photo Album 115/513. Repr. Drower 1985, pl.117.[1]


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Photograph by unidentified photographer, head-and-shoulders, shoulders to right, facing front, with bushy white moustache; repr. The Times, 30 July 1942, p.6.

Photograph by unidentified photographer, whole-length, rear view, wearing Norfolk jacket and wide-brimmed hat, talking to assistants over low stone wall at dig site; Petrie M. of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL (lantern slide, now destroyed, modern print only).


Footnote
1) It was apparently Petrie’s wish that after his death his head be preserved for posterity as part of the human osteological series at The Royal College of Surgeons of England; see P.J. Ucko, ‘The Biography of a Collection: The Sir Flinders Petrie Palestinian Collection and the Role of University Museums’, Museum Management and Curatorship, vol.17, no.4, 1998, Appendix A. On the night of his death in 1942 the head was removed from the body in the Government Hospital in Jerusalem. It finally arrived at the College c.1945 – after the end of the Second World War – where it remains in store (EN 46/26). For some time there was confusion surrounding its identity, caused by the particular type of embalming agent used, which discoloured the hair and also had a hydrating effect upon the tissues – giving the appearance of a much younger man. More recent examinations in the 1990s explained the physical appearance of the head, and it is now widely regarded to be that of Petrie: see letter from S. Gibson, Palestine Exploration Fund to Dr C. Grigson, RCS England, 27 Feb. 1995, PEF Archive.

Dr Jan Marsh