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Identifier

https://viaf.org/viaf/23323898

Biographical Text

Harry Burton was born in Lincolnshire, England in 1879 to a family of 11 children. Italian Renaissance scholar, Robert Cust became his benefactor, providing Burton with an education, training and an apprenticeship. He became a talented photographer of Florentine paintings. While in Italy, Burton met Theodore Davis who hired him to photograph and later direct Davis' excavations in the Valley of the Kings until 1914 when Davis stopped work. Burton was then employed by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York as a photographer for the museum's "Egyptian Expedition." Burton worked for the MET until his death in 1940. Harry Burton captured more than 7,500 excavation photographs in and around the Valley of the Kings throughout his career working in Egypt during the early 20th century. His photographs of sites such as Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, and Wadi Natrun brought him great regard as one of the foremost archaeological photographers of his time. He is most famous for his documentation of Howard Carter’s discovery of the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamen, 1922-1933. Most of his work was done between 1911-1936.

Burton appears frequently in the Emma B. Andrews diaries, since she was in close contact with him from 1903-1913.

Birth Date

1879-9-13

Birthplace

Stamford, Lincolnshire, England

Death Date

1940-6-27

Occupation

Archaeological Photographer, Egyptologist

Bibliography

"Harry Burton's Photographs of the Metropolitan's Excavations at Deir el-Bahri," Bruce Schwarz, Metropolitan Museum Journal , Vol. 42, (2007), pp. 173-183. Published by: The University of Chicago Press on behalf of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, accessed May 29th 2015, http://www.jstor.org/stable/20320682
"Harry Burton (1879–1940): The Pharaoh's Photographer," Catharine H. Roehrig and Malcolm Daniel, In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000–, accessed May 29th 2015, http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/harr/hd_harr.htm (January 2009)
"The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago." Oriental Institute. The University of Chicago, 7 Feb. 2007, accessed October 30th 2013, .
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, "Harry Burton (1879-1940)," Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History, accessed January 13, 2015, http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/harr/hd_harr.htm

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Burton_Harry

Abbreviated Biography

Photographer; famous for his record of Tutankhamun's tomb. Worked with Theodore Davis and Howard Carter and the Metropolitan Museum's Egyptian Expedition.

Collection

Citation

“Burton, Harry,” The Emma B. Andrews Diary Project, accessed May 27, 2019, http://www.emmabandrews.org/project/items/show/5.

Item Relations

This Item is mentioned in Item: January 10th 1912
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This Item is mentioned in Item: October 2nd 1911
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