Joseph Bonomi: Correspondence and Papers

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises mostly Joseph Bonomi's correspondence and papers, with some of his brother Ignatius Bonomi and other members of his family, especially his sister-in-law Isabella Mary Martin.

MS.Add.9389/1, Family correspondence with Joseph Bonomi

The correspondents include [1] Ignatius Bonomi (239 letters, 1822-69); [2] Charlotte Bonomi (wife of Ignatius Bonomi) (17, 1840-59); [3] Agnes Bonomi (sister) (6, 1827-52); [4] Mary Anne Goldie (sister, married George Goldie) (25, 1822-59); [5] George Goldie (20, 1835-47); [6] Jessie Bonomi (wife) (9, 1845-59); [7] John Martin (artist; father-in-law) (3, 1845-6); [8] Justina Bonomi (sister, married Charles Allanson) (79, 1828-78); [9] Charles Allanson (7, 1873-7); [10] John Bonomi (nephew) (4, c.1860-70); [11] Isabella Bonomi (daughter) (4, c.1861-4); [12] Joseph Ignatius Bonomi (son) (47, 1861-77); [13] Cecilia, Baroness de Cosson (daughter, married Baron de Cosson) (6, 1859-76); [14] Isabella Mary Martin (sister-in-law) (45, 1845-75); [15] Charles Martin (brother-in-law; artist) (3, 1848-77); [16] George Goldie (nephew; architect) (6, 1852-76); [17] Stylite Goldie (wife of George Goldie) (1, 1859); [18] Edward Goldie (nephew; Roman Catholic priest) (2, 1875-6);[19] Charles Goldie (nephew; artist) (10, 1858-77); [20] Francis Goldie (nephew; Roman Catholic priest) (3, 1874-5); [21] Mary Goldie (niece; mother superior) (1, 1859); [22] Charles, Baron de Cosson (married Cecilia de Cosson; antiquary) (9, 1862-77); [23] Charles de Cosson (father of Baron de Cosson) (1, 1862); [24] Camillo Bonomi (cousin; monsignor) (6, 1839-73); and [25] Leopold Martin (son of John Martin) (2, undated).

MS.Add.9389/2, Joseph Bonomi, non-family correspondence

9389/2/A, including [1] Heinrich Abeken (c.1843); [2] Hermann Adler (1874); [3-5] William Ainsworth (1852-3); [6-8] Sir George Airy (1864-74); [10] John Akerman (1853); [14-19] Sir Laurence Alma-Tadema (1872-5); [21-39] 1st Baron Amherst (1862-73); [46-48] David Ansted (1841-57); [56-57] Joseph Arden (1851-61); [116] Carlo Arrivabene (1850s); [58-78] Francis Arundale (1835-50); [80-102] 4th Earl of Ashburnham (c.1840-50); and [109-115] John Atkinson (1848-74).

9389/2/B, including [1-3] Churchill Babington (c.1850-62); [4-9] Albert Badger (1852-63); [10-12] Samuel Bagster (1846-51); [13-14] George Bailey (1842-7); [23-24] William Barker (c.1849); [28-29] William Bartlett (undated); [33-37] Walter Beck (1861-71); [41-43] William Bewick (1852-64); [44-152] Samuel Birch (1840-77); [152-153] James Bird (undated); [155-157] William Black (1859-65); [170] Henry Bohn (1855) [179-185] Sir William Boxall (1865-8); [188-189] William Brockedon (1846-8); [195-201] Christian, Baron von Bunsen (1842-52); and [207-212] Decimus Burton (1848-64).

9389/2/C, including [15-21] Frederic Catherwood (1835-53); [23-27] Richard Cattermole (1840-8); [28-94] George Cautley (1845-75); [99-100] Francis Chesney (1840); [106-108] Frances Cobbe (undated); [110-130] Charles Cockerell (1840-61); [132] Frederick Cockerell (c.1873); [136-138] John Colenso (1863-73); [145-149] Edward Cooke (1874-6); [150-152] Nathaniel Cooke (1852); [159-167] Isaac Cory (1835-41); [168-183] John Cory (1836-73); [185-191] Pascal-X. Coste (1842-75); [195-196] John Crace (1860-1); [199-203] Eyre Crowe (c.1848); [206-210] Isaac Cullimore (1839-42); and [214-217] Peter Cunningham (1857-9).

9389/2/D, including [2-5] Giovanni D'Athanazi (1850-1); [12] Edmond de Cadalvene (182[9]); [15-18] Warren de la Rue (1850-61); [20] Sophia de Morgan (undated); [22-28] L.C. Devas (c.1869-72); [31-35] Charles Dilke (1849-61); [36-40] Sir Charles Dilke (undated); [42-43] William Dixon (c.1854) [45-54] M. Dodd (1866-70); [56-70] Thomas L. Donaldson (1841-77); [78-80] S.M. Drack (1864-76); and [83-85] William Dyce (1855-61).

9389/2/E, including [2-19] Sir Charles Eastlake (c.1840-69); [21-22] Thomas Ebdon (1836-47); [23] Amelia Edwards (undated); [24-25] John Ella (1866); [26-29] Sir Henry Ellis (1846-53); and [37] William Etty (1835).

9389/2/F, including [1-2] George Faber (1842-5); [7] Frederick Fairholt (1861); [8-20] Edward Falkener (1857-61); [23-27] James Farish (1842-52); [28-32] George Farren (1861-76); [33-41] William Farrer (1854-5); [43-58] Orlando Felix (1840-57); [59-67] James Fergusson (1848-68); [71-73] Professor Filopanti (1873-6); [74-82] Enrica Filopanti (1863-77); [83-88] Walter Flight (undated); [91-95] Sir William Flower (1862-77); [96-98] John Foley (1861-7); [101-107] Josiah Forshall (1840-6); [111] Francis Frith (1859); [112-113] and William Frith (1861-74).

9389/2/G, including [4-30] John Gibson (1828-66); [32] James Glaisher (1858); [33] John Glennie (1860); [34-38] George Gliddon (1849-50); [39-42] George Godwin (1856-70); [67] Joseph Gott (1841); [49-51] John Gray (1852-65); [54] Georg Grotefend (1847); [59-61] Edwin Guest (1872); and [63-65] Johanes von Gumpach (1857-66).

9389/2/H, including [2-4] Louis Haghe (1846); [5-21] James Haliburton (1829-57); [23-25] N.E.S.A. Hamilton (1858-63); [34-38] Philip Hardwick (c.1862-4); [47-59] Anthony Harris (1828-59); [60-62] Selima Harris (c.1872); [65-74] R.W. Hartshorn (1847-55); [76-79] Charles Hartshorne (c.1862); [80-83] George Harvey (c.1839); [96-102] James Hay (1875-7); [103-107] Kalitza Hay (1844-68); [110-191] Robert Hay (1828-63); [192-216] Robert Hay (son) (1864-76); [220-221] Dunbar Heath (1855); [225-227] Thomas Hervey (1848-50); [238-241] Edward Hogg (c.1835); [242-249] John Hogg (1846-64); [250-252] Hector Horeau (1852-59); [253-257] Leonard Horner (1852-8); [258-264] William Hosking (c.1836-40, 1861); and [271] Joseph Hume (1852).

9389/2/I, including [3-100] Giuseppe Incoronati (undated); [101] Herbert Ingram (1851); and [102-103] Richard Inwards (1869-77).

9389/2/J, including [1] Sir Henry James (1860); [3-5] William Jerdan (1843-9); [18-60] Owen Jones (1836-74); and [62-68] James Joyce (1852-65).

9389/2/K, including [3-7] John Kenrick (1840-69); and [16-17] Robert Knox (undated).

9389/2/L, including [1-6] Charles Landseer (1855-72); [8-10] John Landseer (c.1835-40); [14-57] Edward Lane (1841-76); [60-71] Richard Lane (undated); [77-129] John Lee (1840-66); [132-134] Richard Lepsius (1858-75); [141-144] Thomas Lewis (1853-78); [147-161] William Lloyd (1861-73); [175-176] Charles Longley (1864); and [181-189] Jane Loudon (1846-52).

9389/2/M, including [10-13] Charles Manby (1856-62); [15-17] James Marshall (1842-61); [19-27] Peter Maurice (1841-73); [39-40] Raffaelle Monti (1859); and [45-48] Alexander Murray (1873-7).

9389/2/N, including [8-9] Sir Charles Newton (1847-60); [10-33] Sir Charles Nicholson (1858-67); [35-38] Frederick Nolan (1847-51); [43] 3rd Marquess of Northampton (1846); and [44-89] 4th Duke of Northumberland (c.1833-63).

9389/2/O, including [3-8] William Osburn (1842-71).

9389/2/P, including [1-5] Sir Edward Page-Turner (c.1854); [12-47] Richard Partridge (1839-73); [59-64a] John Perry (1845 and undated); [76-78] John Phillips (1837-63); Sir William Pollock (1865-74); [90-100] Edward Poole (1855-66); [101-134] Reginald Poole (1850-65); [135-147] Sophia Poole (c.1850-5); [152-154] Sir Edward Poynter (1867-72); and [158-161] George Pringle (1860-1).

9389/2/R, including [1-2] Hormuzd Rassam (1873-4); [3-6] George Redford (1855-76); [8-9] George Rennie (1791-1866) (c.1840); [19] William Riviere (1874); [20-29] David Roberts (c.1846-64); [31-40] James Roberts (1850-59); and [44-54] George Robinson (1839-40).

9389/2/S, including [2-3] Anthony Aalvin (1861-4); [5-6] Sir George Scharf (c.1874); [10-34] Joseph J. Scoles (1828-63); [35-38] Sir Gilbert Scott (1860-2); [42-44] James Sharpe (1862); [40-50a] Samuel Sharpe (1859-61); [52-111] William Simpson (1867-79); [114-20] Sydney Smirke (1861-75); [128] William Smith (1864); [132-134] Charles Smyth (1872-7); [135-139] William Smyth (1858-65); [151] John Statham (1859); and [152-157] T. Stirling (1848-50).

9389/2/T, including [5-26] William Theed (1849-74); [28-36] William Thomas (1849-77); [41-45] Sir William Tite (1861-71); and [55-56] Joseph Turnbull (1861).

9389/2/W, including [5-23] Frederick Ward (c.1840-70); [25-38] Henry Warren (1840-52); [49-64] James Wild (c.1840-71); [71-189] Sir Gardner Wilkinson (1839-68); [190-194] George Wilkinson (1852); [196-200] Penry Williams (1850-72); [207-211] Sir Richard Wood (c.1846-67); [217-219] David Wooster (1846-61); [224-227] Sir Matthew Digby Wyatt (1859-73); [228-238] Thomas Wyatt (1860-1); and [239-242] William Wyon (1837-46).

9389/2/Y, including [1] James Yates (undated); and [2-7] William Yates (1831-59).

9389/2/Z, [1-6] Foster Zincke (1873-74).

MS.Add.9389/3, Joseph Bonomi papers

The papers include [1] The Camels (1866-68), commonplace book, newscuttings, and letters; [2] Commonplace book (undated); [3] Journal of a visit to Robert Hay (1836); [4] Catalogue ... Dr. Lee's collection of Egyptian antiquities at Hartwell, 1840; [5] Notes on the Hartwell sarcophagus (1850); [7] Catalogue ... Egyptian Antiquities ... Charles Bagnall ... Totherley Hall ... Lichfield (undated); [8] Papyri bought by A.C. Harris in Egypt [1850's]; [9] Hieroglyphical standards representing places in Egypt ... by A.C. Harris. MS, Alexandria, Egypt, (1851); [10] Notes on Egyptian antiquities, The Grange, Lord Ashburton's seat, arranged by Joseph Bonomi (1860); [11] Sculptures, Egyptian fragments, Kingston Lacy, (c.1863); [13] MS, Account of an illuminated [MS] in Ethiopic ... from the Library of King Theodore ... fall of Magdala 1868; [14] Speech of Sir Thomas Lawrence on the distribution of medals ... 1821, copy by Joseph Bonomi; [15-16] Egypt, temperature statistics, 1827; [17] Memorandum by Joseph Bonomi, visit to Sherif Bey, c.1830; [25] Paper on arches in ancient Egypt (undated); [27-28] Draft paper, gigantic birds' nests found by Haliburton near Red Sea, c.1821-3; [31] Monuments in Egypt and Ethiopia ... 1842-45 ... R. Lepsius, 1849, Joseph Bonomi's translation; [32] L'ancienne Egypte par Alfred Maury, Joseph Bonomi's translation, undated; [33] Joseph Bonomi, visit of Edward Rppell to Soane Museum (1862), the story of the acquisition of alabaster sarcophagus; [45-53] Lectures and notes on Nineveh and Babylon (c.1856); [54-91] Miscellaneous talks and notes on antiquities; [93-104] Notes on hieroglyphs, language and ancient astronomy; [105-107] Notes on natural history; [109-152] Personal, professional and family papers, including (111) Guest list for Joseph Bonomi's wedding, 1845, (112-113) Descriptions of additions to the Panorama of the Nile, 1851, (114) Description of scenes from the Panorama of the Holy Land, (115-117) Legal papers, Panorama of the Nile, 1852-3, (123-124) Proportions of the human figure read at the Royal Institute of British Architects, 1858, (125-132) papers on Bonomi's appointment as Curator, Soane Museum, 1861-2, (133-135) papers and drafts on the canon of proportions of the human figure, from Vitruvius, John Gibson, etc., and texts and drafts about the 'anthropometer', c.1855-75, (144-147) Descriptions of pediment sculpture at The Camels, (151) Copy of a note placed in vase, Soane Museum, 1875, and (152) Guest list for the wedding of Cecilia Bonomi, 1876; [153-163] Papers mostly by Isabella Mary Martinm, and interpretation of the wills of Joseph and Rosa Bonomi (1874-5); [202-216] Drawings, Italy, 1823; [220] 'Ch[imne]y Piece for the D[uk]e of North[umberlan]d Sep. 1857'; [222] Sketches of faces, including Joseph Bonomi and (possibly) Jessie Bonomi; [233] Catalogue of ... Egyptian antiquities, the property of Henry Abbott ..., Cairo, 1846; [234-237] 'On the site of Memphis, and the colossal statue of Metraheni', 'Note on the Budrúm marbles in the British Museum', 'Description of the Alnwick obelisk', and 'On an ancient Egyptian signet ring of gold', all in Transactions of the Royal Society of Literature; [239] Project of an instrument for the identification of persons ... (1872); [241] 'On the cylindrical monument of Nechtharhebes in the Museum of Turin', Transactions of the Society of Biblical Archaeology (1874); [271] Notes giving Bonomi's side of the story in Frederic Catherwood's lawsuit, 1840s; [274-277] Joseph Bonomi, sketchbooks: Rome (1821-2), Sicily (1824), Syria (1834,) and 'drawings various'; [278-279] Egyptian notes; [280-313] Photographs and sketches including Joseph Bonomi, Joseph Ignatius Bonomi, and Isabella and Marion Bonomi; and The Camels, Wimbledon; and [314] Volume, 'Letters&Documents in Turkish, Arabic etc.', including letter from Fatima, Bonomi's Egyptian mistress (c.1830-4).

MS.Add.9389/4, Letters to Jessie Bonomi

The correspondents include [2] Zenobia Cunningham (sister) (1852); [5] Alfred Martin (brother) (1852); and [6] Charles Martin (brother; artist) (1852).

MS.Add.9389/5, Letters to Isabella Mary Martin

The correspondents include 9389/5/A/ [1-4] Laura, Lady Alma-Tadema (c.1875-7); [5-7] Edwin Atherstone (1866-8); 9389/5/B/ [1] Samuel Birch (1878); [12-14] Charlotte Bonomi (1852); [15-57,79] Ignatius Bonomi (c.1857-69); [62] Jessie Bonomi (1852); [63-73] Justina Bonomi (1861-78); [74-75] A. Boudle (1854-6); 9389/5/C/ [5] William Chappell (1877); [9] Edith Colvin (1869); [14] William Cooper (1878); [22-28] Peter Cunningham (1862-6); 9389/5/D/ [7-8] Warren de la Rue (1864); [9-12] Warren W. de la Rue (1875-8); [15-18] Thomas L. Donaldson (1877-8); 9389/5/F/ [1-3] Enrica Filopanti (1868-77); [4-14] Walter Flight (undated); 9389/5/H/ [1-3] Philip Hardwick (1865-7); [5] Selima Harris (1876); 9389/5/I/ [1-11] Giuseppe Incoronati (c.1860-75); [12-13] Richard Inwards (1869-78); 9389/5/J/ [1-25] C. Jones (1859-77); 9389/5/L/ [15-21] Jane Loudon (1843-53); 9389/5/M/ [3-5] Charles Martin (1839-59); 9389/5/P/ [1] Thomas Page (1860); 9389/5/R/ [1] Samuel Redgrave (1875); [2] David Roberts (from Isabella Mary Martin, 1861); [6-8] William Rylands (1878); 9389/5/S/ [2] Charles Scarisbrick (1854); [8-9] William Simpson (c.1878); 9389/5/T/ [1] Sir William Tite (1860); [2-3] Martin Tupper (1852); and 9389/5/W/ [7] Sir Albert Woods (1854).

MS.Add.9389/6, Letters to Ignatius Bonomi

The correspondents include 9389/6/B/ [2] Camillo Bonomi (1869); [4-13] Justina Bonomi (1846-69); [14] Charles Bracebridge (1856); 9389/6/C/ [1] Charles Cowden Clarke (1866); 9389/6/E/ [1-3] Sir Charles Eastlake (1869); 9389/6/G/ [1] ___ Geymonat (from Ignatius Bonomi, 1856); [2-4] Jane Gilly (1856); [5] William Gilly (1855); [6-9] George Goldie (brother-in-law) (1828-38); [10-13] George Goldie (architect) (c.1848-68); 9389/6/H/ [1] Robert Hay (1828); [2-106] Prince Hoare (1813-33); 9389/6/M/ [2] Isabella Mary Martin (1864); 9389/6/P/ [1-4] Wyatt Papworth (1869); 9389/6/R/ [1-5] J.P. Revel (1853-54); and 9389/6/W/ [1] John Wharton (1838).

MS.Add.9389/7, Ignatius Bonomi papers

The papers include [1] Plan, upper floor, Skelton Castle, Yorks, (c.1808); [2] 'Cieling for Sir Robert Edens library ... 1822', Windlestone Hall, Durham; [3] Design for a room, possibly in Stanhope Castle, Durham, undated; [4-5] Designs for capitals, possibly for a Waldensian church (c.1852); [6-8] Sketches of classical buildings and tombs, undated; [9] Certificate of admission to masonic lodge, 1818; [16] Ignatius Bonomi, scheme to recoup Joseph Bonomi's loan to Panorama of the Nile and liquidate debts [1852]; [18] Ignatius Bonomi, duologue Le contraste, ou Asmo e Genes avec son jeune compagnon de voyage, with note to Dr. Costa (1861); [19-22] Verses between Ignatius Bonomi and Mary Cowden Clarke (1862); [23] Sketch elevation of wall of columned room; [24-25] Charlotte Bonomi, funeral papers (1860); [27] Biographical Notice of Joseph Bonomi, architect, ARA, MS by George Goldie, with annotations by Ignatius Bonomi (c.1840); and [28-29] Portraits of Ignatius Bonomi, one by Charlotte Bonomi (undated and 1858).

MS.Add.9389/8, Letters to family and others

The letters include [1-2] Joseph J. Scoles to Mary Anne Goldie (1829) and George Goldie (1838); [4-11] letters to John Martin, including [4] Thomas L. Donaldson (1845) and [7] J. Herbert (1852); [8] Sir Austin Layard (1847), [10] Charles Scarisbrick (1850); [12-17] Charles Martin (son) to Susan Martin (wife of John Martin) (1829-40); [27] Henry Latham to Joseph I. Bonomi (1875); [31] Joseph I. Bonomi to Cecilia, Baroness de Cosson (1909); and [52] Nathaniel Hawthorne to Henry Longfellow (1856).

MS.Add.9389/9, Miscellanea

The papers include [5] Psalm 151, "translated by ... J.M. Rodwell ... from ... an Ethiopic Psalter taken from King Theodore's Library at the fall of Magdala 9/3/69"; and [8] 'Canzon di Mephistophile', with the inscription "Sent to my ... Parishioner Baron Lionel de Rothschild - in ... hopes of his conversion and ... fresh subscription to the Hospital, if not to the XXXIX articles ...', (c.1859).

Administrative / Biographical History

Joseph Bonomi (1796-1878), sculptor and Egyptologist, went to Rome in 1822 to study under Canova (who died before his arrival). In 1824-6 he was part of Robert Hay's expedition to Egypt, and sketched many antiquities. In Cairo in 1827-8 he illustrated James Burton's Excerpta hieroglyphica. In 1833 he toured Syria and Palestine with Francis Arundale and Frederic Catherwood. Returning to England in 1834, Bonomi illustrated the Egyptian works of Sir Gardner Wilkinson and Samuel Birch, and helped to arrange the Egyptian exhibits in the British Museum. In 1838 he copied hieroglyphics and obelisks in Rome; and in 1842 he designed an Egyptian facade for John Marshall's Temple Mills in Leeds. In 1842-4 he was part of Lepsius's Prussian expedition to Egypt, measuring and drawing. In 1850 with Henry Warren and James Fahey he exhibited a 'Grand Moving Panorama of the Nile'. In 1845 Bonomi married Jessie, daughter of the artist John Martin. Their four children all died in the same week in 1852 of whooping cough. Four more children were born: Isabella (1853-1916), Cecilia Nefeeseh, Baroness De Cosson (1855-1944), Joseph Ignatius (1857-1930) and Marion (1858-90). Jessie Bonomi died in 1859 aged 34, and her sister Isabella Mary Martin kept house for Bonomi thereafter. In 1853 Bonomi and Owen Jones arranged the Egyptian Court at the Crystal Palace. In 1861 Bonomi applied for the curatorship of Sir John Soane's Museum, a post for a practising architect, and after a fierce struggle and much criticism, was elected. With his brother Ignatius Bonomi (1787-1870), architect, he built a house, The Camels, at Wimbledon. In 1864 he published detailed drawings of the 'Belzoni sarcophagus' in the Soane Museum, with descriptions by Samuel Sharpe. He contributed articles on Egypt to scholarly periodicals, illustrated many of Samuel Sharpe's books, and published Nineveh and its palaces, describing the city and its sculptures, reliefs and inscriptions from the artistic and scriptural points of view, which appeared in several editions from 1852. Bonomi invented a machine for measuring the proportions of the body, and wrote a treatise on the proportions of the human figure.

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Acquisition Information

Deposited by Mrs. V. Betti, 1996; presented by Jasper Scovil, 2002.

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Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

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