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Unidentified artist

Self-portrait of the Egyptologist Giovanni Belzoni


Oil on panel

Height: 25.4cm
Width: 19.7cm

Inscription: None

Museum number: XP31

Curatorial note

This work was presented to the Museum as a 'self-portrait' of Giovanni Belzoni, the Egyptologist but is not thought to be authentic.

Professor Jason Thompson considers that this is certainly not a portrait of Giovanni Belzoni, who although a good amateur artist could not not have produced a portrait of this quality. It bears no resemblance to any known portrait of Belzoni. There is some resemblance to the celebrated Egyptologist Sir John Gardner Wilkinson (1787-1875), whose portrait by Henry Wyndham Philips is at Calke Abbey, Derbyshire (National Trust).

Presented by Bernard Donaldson, 1939

If you have any further information about this object, please contact us: worksofart@soane.org.uk