Terrific...I'm glad to hear that the lead I gave you was worthwhile.
Hopefully, it will be the key that opens the lock to more informaiton.
On that same topic, I found some additional information that, I hope,
qualifies as a respectable answer to your question.
I suggest you have a look at the website for the Society of Antiquaries in London:
I conducted a search on [ rhind ] in their library cataloge (set the
search parameters to "Keywords"), and you'll find a good list of
publications by -- or about -- A.H.R:
[not sure this link will work for you, but give it a try to see the results list]
Here are the Rhind books, including the Stuart book you alluded to:
-- Facsimiles of two papyri found in a tomb at Thebes / with a
translation by Samuel Birch and an account of their discovery by A.
Henry Rhind. 1863
-- Memoir of the late Alexander Rhind, of Sibster / John,F.S.A.,
Scot., 1813-1877 Stuart. Stuart, John, F.S.A., Scot, 1864
-- Thebes : its tombs and their tenants, ancient and present / A.
Henry Rhind. Rhind, A. Henry. 1862
-- British archaeology, its progress and demands,/ by A. Henry Rhind.
Rhind, A. Henry (Alexander Henry), 1858
-- Law of treasure-trove : how can it be best adapted to accomplish
useful results? / by A. Henry Rhind. Rhind, A. Henry (Alexander
Database: Society of Antiquaries of London / Library Catalogue
Search Request: Keyword Relevance Search = RHIND
You should probably contact the Society at:
as they may be able to check these books (or other archives they
possess) for a picture of your man.
Lastly, you mentioned that the Scotsman article mentione a Museum that
may or may not have received an image of AHR. Do you know what museum
it was? If you let me know, I can check into that as well.
Hope you consider this all worthwhile info. But before rating this
answer, please let me know if there's anything else I can do for you.
Just post a Request for Clarification, and I'm at your service.
And one last thing. If you haven't used the Library of Congress
services before, you'll need to register as a researcher at the
library -- when I did it(I live in DC...Tenleytown), it took about an
hour. All you need is a driver's license or other photo ID.
Here's wishing you success in your quest,
Request for Answer Clarification by
18 Mar 2005 08:47 PST
Bingo! I contacted the Director of the Society of Antiquaries of
Scotland and wrote out the last paragraph of the posting in the DFec
02, 1863 Scotsman. She replied today:
It is marvellous to hear of someone researching Alexander Henry Rhind
- his portrait is in fact hanging on the wall of my office. We have a
colour transparency of the portrait and I will see if I can get
someone in the Museum to scan it into digital format to send to you -
do you have any preferred format? The portrait is rather dark, so it
may not be the best of reproductions, but better than nothing! A
donation (at your discretion) to the Society would be very gratefully
with best wishes,
Unbelievable.... this could really be something in that I also received
today the responses from another 5 people (including the Egyptian and
Sudan division of the British Museum) that say as far as they know
nothing exists. It could be that I can put the Director of the
British Museum together with Andrea and have a copy of Rhind's
portrait placed next to the Rhind Papyrus.
Now how cool would that be for anyone seeking (like I have been) to
have it all together one place... we'd be heroes you and I.
Not sure how to thank you... although I almost gave up poring through
articles in the Scotsman looking for anything that woiuld indicate
Rhind, then finding this paragraph that says John Stuart proposed a
likeness... it was your tip to look there in the first place that
brought it all together. I can't thank you enough.
BTW, the tip on the L.O.C. is a good one because I need the earliest
edition of De Rerum Natura for this same documentary and found a 1515
edition in their catalog (whether it's actually there or not remains
to be seen...).
I'm waiting to hear from them if I can bring a small scanner down to
scan the cover and one or two interior plates. Have you had
experience with being allowed to do that?
Finally, the last "problem child photo" is one of an early German mathematician
named Johannes Widman. He taught at the University of Leipzig
1468-1486 (approx). He is credited with including the +, and - signs
for the first time in a math book. We're really striking out on
this...It's hard to accept that the University of Leipzig (600 years
old) wouldn't have drawings or protraits of ALL their alumni over the
years hanging somewhere. But we're just not
I'm tempted to spend some more money... what do you think the chances
would be of finding something?
Clarification of Answer by
18 Mar 2005 09:04 PST
I love hearing that something impossible to find has been found...this
makes my day. Thanks for the stars and the kind words and keeping me
up to date.
As for the LOC, I doubt they would permit you to bring your own
scanner, but they do have reproduction services available at the
library -- copy machines you can use (but I don't think they actually
function as scanners--an unfortunate omission), as well as a service
desk that will scan copies for a fairly hefty fee, I'm afraid:
As for the Widman image...go ahead and ask. Several of the GA
researchers are native German speakers in addition to being expert
historical researchers. If they find an image, then great, and if
they don't, you won't be charged for information unless it turns out
(as mine did) to be worthwhile to you.
Up to you...but I hope you'll give us another shot at these interesting challenges.