From Clarence's Diary - Monday 16th December 1889 - Tombs of the Mamelooks

Written by Marcus Bicknell on .

tombs of the mamelooks 1890Excerpts from Clarence Bicknell's diary "Italy and by steamer up the Nile River, 1889-1890" - No.10

In the morning we went to the great tomb area below the citadel toward the west, and the so-called Tombs of the Mamelooks (photo, right, taken in 1890) and the new one of the reigning family and rode through many bazaars and queer streets. In the afternoon we tried a little sketching among the Courts of the Khalifs and watched the sun setting behind the Sphinx and pyramids from the top of the rubbish heaps. Very interesting one there enormous rubbish heaps full of fragments of old pottery of the most brilliant colours and quaint designs.

Notes from the editor...

The family collection does not contain a sketch book with a sketch of the sun setting behind the Sphinx. It would be nice to find it one day. If you know where it might be, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This is one of the shortest accounts of a day's activities in this diary. That's not a bad thing because Clarence can be quite verbose, can't he?

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