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Lord Carnarvon

Photographic portrait of George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon (1866-1923), c.1922. Lord Carnarvon was the wealthy, English amateur egyptologist who financed Howard Carters excavations in the Valley of the Kings in 1922-3. He was one of the first people to enter Tutankhamens tomb. Pictured in The Tatler shortly before the tombs historic opening and Carnarvons subsequent death that year. Date: 1923

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Carnarvon Egyptologist Egyptology Excavations Herbert Kings Photographic Tatler Tutankhamen Tutankhamun 1923


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In this striking photographic portrait, George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon (1866-1923) is depicted in the prime of his life, just a year before two of the most significant events in his extraordinary existence. Lord Carnarvon was a wealthy English aristocrat with a profound fascination for ancient Egypt and its mysteries. He became an influential figure in the field of Egyptology through his generous financial support of Howard Carter's excavations in the Valley of the Kings between 1922 and 1923. This portrait, published in The Tatler in 1923, captures the Earl's distinguished appearance and intense focus. With his piercing gaze and well-groomed moustache, Carnarvon exudes an air of determination and affluence. Little did the public know that this image would soon be associated with one of the most groundbreaking discoveries in archaeological history: the opening of Tutankhamun's tomb. Tragically, Lord Carnarvon's life was cut short when he died by suicide or from an infected mosquito bite (theories still persist) shortly after the tomb's discovery. The circumstances surrounding his death fueled intrigue and speculation, adding to the allure of the Egyptian treasures he had helped unearth. This photographic portrait serves as a poignant reminder of Lord Carnarvon's pivotal role in the unveiling of Tutankhamun's tomb and the enduring fascination it continues to hold on the world. The image is a testament to the Earl's passion for Egyptology and the profound impact his financial support had on the field, forever changing the course of archaeological history.

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