Joseph Bonomi (Joseph Bonomi)

Joseph Bonomi

Draftsman, Egyptologist. Born Joseph Bonomi the Younger, in London, son of architect, Joseph Bonomi the Elder. He studied in Rome before accepting a position with an expedition to Egypt in 1824. For the following two years he served as draftsman for the Hay’s Expedition at Abu Simbel, Kalabsha, and Thebes, producing accurate sketches and plaster casts of the reliefs. He left the expedition in 1826, taking a position in Cairo illustrating the work ‘Excerpta hieroglyphica.’ In 1834 he toured the Middle East and in 1839 illustrated Sir John Wilkinson’s ‘Manners and Customs of the Ancient Egyptians.’ Further works included the design for the entrance to Abney Park cemetery and an Egyptian facade for John Marshall’s Temple Mill in Leeds, cataloging and illustrating private Egyptian collections, the set up the Egyptian Court at The Crystal Palace in 1851, and establishment of the Egyptian exhibits in the British Museum. In 1861 he was appointed as curator of the Soane Museum of architecture. He wrote a treatise, ‘The Proportion of the Human Figure’ published in 1856, and ‘Nineveh and its Palaces’ among other works. He died at Wimbledon at 81. (bio by: Iola)


  • October, 09, 1796
  • England


  • March, 03, 1878
  • England


  • Brompton Cemetery
  • England

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