Wilfrid Scawen Blunt
Wilfrid Scawen Blunt
by Tristram Ellis
7 1/2 in. x 5 1/4 in. (189 mm x 134 mm) plate size; 8 5/8 in. x 6 1/8 in. (220 mm x 155 mm) paper size
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- Wilfrid Scawen Blunt (1840-1922), Traveller, politician and poet. Sitter in 9 portraits.
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Drawn in Shaykh 'Ubayd near Cairo, Egypt, where Blunt bred Arab horses. Originally an engineer, Tristram James Ellis made Blunt's acquaintance when he helped measure the Great Pyramid.
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Events of 1883back to top
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