Egypt in England
7 NOVEMBER - 13 JANUARY 2013, QUADRIGA GALLERY
For over 200 years, Ancient Egypt has inspired the architecture of England. This exhibition traced the use of the Egyptian style from the sphinxes of 18th century gardens through to the papyrus bud columns of 20th century cinemas.
An Egyptian House in Cornwall, an old tobacco factory in London with 10ft-high bronze cats, a Victorian flax mill in Leeds, and a pyramid in a Sussex churchyard are just some of the buildings featured in Egypt in England. Photographs of these and other Egyptian-style landmarks from across the country were on display as well as images of the buildings and the architectural sources from Ancient Egypt that inspired them.
Egypt in England also told the story of Cleopatra's Needle, the 3,500 years old obelisk brought all the way from Alexandria and erected on the banks of the Thames in 1878. Nearly 60ft high and weighing 186 tons, the obelisk is not only the capital's oldest monument but its most travelled and with an eventful history - discovered half buried, at one point in its journey to London the obelisk was abandoned in hurricane force storm. A highlight of the exhibition was a model of the ingenious barge used to transport the obelisk.
Exhibition curator and author Chris Elliott has spent ten years tracking down this country's Egyptian-style buildings and the resulting exhibition revealed the most interesting and unusual examples.
Coinciding with the 90th anniversary of the discovery of Tutankhamun's Tomb, Egypt in England celebrated the enduring fascination with the art and culture of Ancient Egypt and the deep-seated influence it has had on British architectural design.
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