Ref NoD-BKL/H/J/7
TitleMiddle Eastern and European drawings
DescriptionWilliam John Bankes arrived in Syria (southern Palestine) from Egypt in the last few days of 1815, and left for Cyprus on 26 Jun 1816. He returned to Syria from Cyprus (having travelled in Greece and Asia Minor) in October or November 1817 and left for Egypt in August (circa) 1818. Nearly all the drawings and copies of inscriptions which are listed in the catalogue were done between the above dates. None of the drawings were dated by Bankes, but it is possible to assign dates, or probable dates for many of them based on his travel journals [D-BKL/H/J/4], correspondence [D-BKL/H/J/1] and the books of Giovanni Finati, James Silk Buckingham, Irby and Mangles, and others.

Many dates given therefore are supported by documentation, but not all are. We do not know exactly when Bankes visited certain places and therefore cannot date the work done there, and it is known he visited some places more than once, making dating more difficult. Some of the 'finished' drawings or watercolours would have been completed after the visits to the actual site had been made, and some were probably done upon Bankes' return to England, possibly with a publication in mind.

The following bibliography was used to compile and inform the information in this series of the catalogue:

Anon [William John Bankes] - 'A Review of Travels in Palestine by J.S. Buckingham', The Quarterly Review, no.52, Jan 1822.
Anon [C.L. Meryon] -'Travels of Lady Hester Stanhope', 3 volumes, London 1846.
Ar-Rihawi, A-Q and Ouechek E.E. - 'Les deux Takiyya de Damas' 'fes deux Takiyya ab damas', Bull d'Etudes Orientales, XXVI, 1975.
Buckingham, J.S - 'Travels in Palestine', London 1821.
Buckingham, J.S. - 'Travels among the Arab tribes', London 1825.
Dalman, G. - 'The Khazneh at Petra', Palestine Exploration Fund Annual, London 1911.
Finati, G. - 'The Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Giovanni Finati', translated and edited by W.J. Bankes, 2 volumes, London 1830.
Irby, C.L. and Mangles, J. - 'Travels in Egypt and Nubia, Syria and Asia Minor during the years 1817 and 1818', London 1823.
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