Howard Carter: Famous Archaeologist, Not-So-Famous Painter

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Howard Carter: Famous Archaeologist, Not-So-Famous Painter

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Howard Carter: Famous Archaeologist, Not-So-Famous Painter

"It isn’t often that we hear anything about English archaeologist and Egyptologist Howard Carter other than this groundbreaking discovery of King Tut's chamber on November 4, 1922. But as we celebrate Carter’s 138th birthday, we also look to his lesser-known talent as an artist."

To read more and see 6 examples of his work follow the link: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-a ... inter.html


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Re: Howard Carter: Famous Archaeologist, Not-So-Famous Paint

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Great paintings, I liked the owl one. When I was a kid, an uncle who had an oval plaster stuck on his eye, it was pecked out or something when he was taking a photo of an owl, I found it odd, but funny, he was well known I found out, years later, On the other hand my other uncle I thought was norman wisdom, because he was funny and called Norman, life was simpler then. The oval plaster was always dirty, I gave him a patch once, never wore it, it had the scull & X-Bones on it, no humor....:cool:
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Re: Howard Carter: Famous Archaeologist, Not-So-Famous Paint

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The owl looks like a kid drew it, The falcon is very good though :)
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Re: Howard Carter: Famous Archaeologist, Not-So-Famous Paint

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It's a copy of a heiroglyph, not a study from life like the falcon. It looks exactly like a photo I took at the White Chapel in Karnak.

Didn't Carter originally go to Egypt as an artist when he was quite young?
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Re: Howard Carter: Famous Archaeologist, Not-So-Famous Paint

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Hmm, the Falcon is very good, but the others just look like slightly embellished Ancient Egyptian art...
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Re: Howard Carter: Famous Archaeologist, Not-So-Famous Paint

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Yildez, you are correct.
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Re: Howard Carter: Famous Archaeologist, Not-So-Famous Paint

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True - he worked under Flinders Petrie, where he gained most of his archaeological training, but was employed as a tracer, thanks to his draughtsmanship, learnt from his father. His first tasks were to copy the inscriptions at Beni Hasan. But as an artist in his own right, he was not too successful - this painting was sold for about £2000 in 2008 - probably more for his name than its artistic merit!

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