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Belzoni, Giovanni Battista (1778–1823), performing artist and Egyptologist, was born on 5 November 1778 in Padua, the son of a barber, Giacomo Belzoni, and his wife, Teresa. He went to Rome aged sixteen to prepare himself for monastic orders; he claimed also to have studied hydraulics. The French invasion of ...

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Giovanni Battista Belzoni (1778–1823) by Maxim Gauci, pubd 1821 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bonomi, Joseph (1796–1878), sculptor and Egyptologist, and his twin sister, Mary Anne Bonomi (1796–1872), were born at 76 Great Titchfield Street, London, on 9 October 1796, the eighth and ninth but fourth and fifth surviving children of Joseph (Giuseppe) Bonomi (1739–1808), architect, and ...

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Emery, (Walter) Bryan (1903–1971), Egyptologist, was born on 2 July 1903 at Liverpool, the second son of Walter Thomas Emery, principal of the technical college at Liverpool, and his wife, Beatrice Mary Benbow, also of Liverpool. He was educated at St Francis Xavier's College, Liverpool...

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Renouf, Sir Peter Le Page (1822–1897), Egyptologist and religious writer, was born on 23 August 1822 at St Peter Port, Guernsey, the son of Joseph Renouf, schoolmaster, and his wife, Mary, daughter of John Le Page. He was educated from 1831 at Elizabeth College, Guernsey...