Mention the name Howard Carter and most people will immediately think of his discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun. Less well known is his early work in Egypt as a draughtsman documenting the finds of other archaeologists.
Carter was a gifted artist whose skill was recognised at an early age. He was interested in the wildlife depicted in ancient Egyptian art, and made detailed watercolour copies of the tomb paintings. Alongside these he painted the actual species he believed them to be, much as I have been doing for my own Egypt project.
Carter’s original paintings are held in the Griffith Institute in Oxford, and until now have only been available to view by visiting in person, though some have been published previously.
My colleague, John Wyatt, has been working at The Griffith Institute with Jiří Janák to bring these wonderful images to a wider audience. The result is an online album with additional text relating to the identification of each species and information of where the original Egyptian paintings may be found.