Griffith Institute Archive
Description of material
This description is based on the General International Standard Archival
1. Identity statement
Reference code n/a
Title Barry MSS.
Dates of creation of the material 1818-1819.
Extent 2 albums.
Name of creator Barry, Sir Charles (1795-1860).
Administrative and biographical history
British architect. Born, Westminster 1795. Died, Clapham 1860. In a distinguished career he was most famous for designing the Houses of Parliament. Somers Clarke was numbered amongst his pupils. Met Mr D. Baillie when visiting Greece and Turkey in 1817, and was invited to accompany him on a tour of Egypt and Palestine, and thus became the first English architect to record monuments in Egypt. They followed the Nile up beyond Philae, Barry left graffiti on many monuments during his time there.
See Who Was Who in Egyptology (3rd ed. 1995), 31-2.
Custodial history The small album was in the possession of his grandson C. A. R. Barry in 1937,
which was then passed on to P. E. Newberry. The large album was acquired from Myers & Co. Ltd. by
the Griffith Institute in 1950.
Immediate source of acquisition The small album was among the Newberry MSS which were
presented by Mrs Newberry via the British Museum in 1954.
3. Content and structure
Scope and content Two albums containing plans and drawings of Egyptian monuments.
System of arrangement Kept as received.
4. Access and use
Legal status Property of the Griffith Institute.
Access conditions No restrictions.
Copyright conditions Copyright Griffith Institute, Oxford.
Language of material English.
Physical characteristics No problems.
Finding aids Handwritten catalogue for the smaller album made by Dr Moss (notebook A.21.68-72).
5. Allied materials area
Location of originals These are originals.
Existence of copies None.
Related units of description None.
Associated material Not known.
Publications Not published.
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