UN­EARTH CARTER’S DIGS IN THE CAP­I­TAL

Solihull News - - PROPERTY TALK -

It is hard for peo­ple to­day to com­pre­hend the ma­nia in Bri­tain dur­ing the 1920s and 1930s for all things Egyp­tian.

The craze, and the army of Egyp­tol­o­gists who fever­ishly hunted for tombs, mum­mies and golden trea­sure, kicked off in earnest when ar­chae­ol­o­gist Howard Carter dis­cov­ered the tomb of Tu­tankhamun in Egypt’s Val­ley of the Kings in 1922.

He un­cov­ered the nearly in­tact tomb of the boy king, who had been laid to rest over three mil­len­nia be­fore, in­clud­ing his ex­tra­or­di­nary golden death mask, which is still on dis­play at the Mu­seum of Cairo.

The dis­cov­ery made Carter an in­ter­na­tional celebrity and he car­ried on work­ing at the Tu­tankhamun site be­fore re­tir­ing from ar­chae­ol­ogy a few years later and work­ing part time for museums in the US, where he also lec­tured. But he al­ways kept a Lon­don base, an apart­ment at 19 Colling­ham Gar­dens in Kens­ing­ton, cen­tral Lon­don. The onebed­room maisonette, which is near Earls Court, is now for sale. Its lounge fea­tures French doors plus there’s a kitchen, bed­room, study, util­ity room and an en- suite bath­room. The prop­erty, which has a blue plaque on its ex­te­rior com­mem­o­rat­ing Carter’s res­i­dence, is for sale with Fox­tons ( 020 3728 2000) for £ 949,000.

The Colling­ham Gar­dens build­ing in Kens­ing­ton

Howard Carter ( right) and pa­tron of his re­search Lord Carnar­von in 1922

The liv­ing area

The maisonette

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