The Middle Watch, illustration from 'Drakes Drum and Other Songs of the Sea', 1905
The Middle Watch - Watch, oh watch till ye find again Life and the land of morn. Illustration from 'Drake's Drum and Other Songs of the Sea' by Henry Newbolt (1862-1938) pub. 1905 (colour litho). Drake's Drum is a snare drum that Sir Francis Drake (c. 1540 - 1596) took with him when he circumnavigated the world. Shortly before his death off Panama he ordered the drum to be taken to Buckland Abbey and vowed that if England were ever in danger and someone was to beat the drum he would return to defend the country. Legend claims it can be heard in times of national crisis.
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Wooden statue of Tutankhamun, Egypt, 1933-1934. Artist: Unknown
Wooden statue of Tutankhamun, Egypt, 1933-1934. Statue of Tutankhamun, one of two that stood outside the sealed up entrance to his sepulchral chamber. The discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb in 1922 by British archaeologist Howard Carter (1874-1939) was one of the most astounding discoveries in archaeology. Tutankhamun was a previously unknown pharaoh whose name had been eradicated from historical records by one of his successors because of his association with the heretical pharaoh Akhenaten, who was Tutankhamun's father-in-law. Consequently his tomb, uniquely, had remained undisturbed by grave robbers. A print from Wonders of the Past, Volume I, 1933-1934.
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'Front of the Great Temple at Abu Simbel', Egypt, c1845. Artist: GF Weston
'Front of the Great Temple at Abu Simbel', Egypt, c1845. The temple was built during the reign of Rameses II (ruled 1279-1212 BC) and was dedicated to the sun gods Amon-Re and Re-Horakhte. Rameses' reign was notable for a dramatic upsurge in the rate of temple building. The existence of the great temple at Abu Simbel was unknown outside Egypt in modern times until 1813. It was explored in 1817 by the Italian explorer and antiquity seeker Giovanni Battista Belzoni (1778-1823).Found in the collection of the Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge.
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