About this artwork
This wide-ranging collection of material records the development of the 19th- and 20th-century Egyptian Revival movement in the United States and Europe. Photographs and slides taken by Allen, a professional photographer, between 1946 and his death in 1998, document the use of Egyptian themes and motifs in such architectural forms as movie palaces, civic and academic buildings, Masonic buildings, and mausoleums. The collection also documents Egyptian themes in decorative arts and sculpture, including cemetery and public monuments, furniture, Wedgwood ceramics, and 19th-century American pressed glass. All images are accompanied by extensive research notes and bibliographies, when available. Also included is a varied collection of objects encompassing Egyptian motifs in 20th-century popular culture, such as greeting cards, toys and games, popular fiction, and kitchen and bed linens. A detailed clipping file tracks both scholarly advancement and popular cultures appropriation of Egyptian themes.
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Contact the Ryerson and Burnham Art and Architecture Archives:
- Currently Off View
- AIC Archives
- Harold Allen (Collected by)
- Harold Allen Egyptomania Collection
- Made 1920–2015
- Black and white photographic prints, black and white slides, black and white negatives, block prints, books, ceramics, color photographic prints, color slides, color negatives, correspondence, commercial catalogs, drawings, ephemera, etching, glass, greeting cards, newspaper clippings, postcards, printed papers, published articles, realia, research materials, screen prints, serials, stereographs, and textiles.
- 7 oversize portfolios and flatfile materials: H.: 2468.9 cm (972 in.)
- Gift of Harold Allen, 1996.