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Monumental Egyptologists

The Royal Geographical Society, London; The Bridgeman Art Library International

Giovanni Belzoni, appointed by the British government to retrieve Egyptian artifacts, arranged for a seven-ton bust of Ramses to be dragged to the Nile and shipped to London.
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In the early 19th century, Giovanni Belzoni, an Italian who aspired to be a respected Englishman, talked his way into the good graces of colonial officials and Middle Eastern warlords to gain access to the neglected or buried monuments of ancient...

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