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date: 10 April 2020

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Through the efforts of Egyptologists like J. G. Wilkinson, Auguste Mariette, and Georges Legrain, early modern epigraphy developed through the course of the nineteenth century’s political shifts and technological advances, loosening its ties to the classical world to become an independent scholarly discipline. The invention of the positive-negative photographic process by William Henry Fox Talbot allowed for improved recording and publication of hieroglyphic texts and their accompanying images, as Talbot’s work demonstrates, alongside that of Félix Teynard and Francis Frith. Throughout the course of the century, epigraphy and epigraphic publications served to make Egypt increasingly accessible to those beyond Egypt, building an audience with an interest in ancient Egypt.

Keywords: Wilkinson, Mariette, Legrain, photography, Talbot, Teynard, Frith, nineteenth century

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