Helen Whitehouse


Retired curator of Ancient Egypt and Sudan in the Ashmolean Museum 

Faculty / College Address:

Oriental Institute



Research Interests:

  • Painting and drawing in Roman Egypt
  • The post-classical reception of Egyptian antiquities
  • Drawings after the antique

Current Projects:

  • Publication of drawings on illustrated papyri from Oxyrhynchus
  • Publication of seventeenth-century drawings of Egyptian antiquities
  • Fieldwork with the Dakhleh Oasis Project at Ismant el-Kharab (ancient Kellis) 

Recent Publications:

  • Pietro Santi Bartoli's 'pitture antiche miniate': drawings of Roman paintings and mosaics in Paris, London, and Windsor, Papers of the British School at Rome 82 (2014), 265–313
  • A house but not exactly a home? The painted residence at Kellis revisited, in A.A. di Castro, C.A. Hope and B.E. Parr (eds), Housing and Habitat in the Mediterranean World. Cutural and Environmental Responses (Babesch Supplement 26, Leuven 2015), 243–54
  • Daniel and the lions, in The Oxyrhynchus Papyri 82 (Oxford, 2016), 179–80 no. 5343, pl. IX
  • Birds, beasts, and a unicorn at Oxyrhynchus, in G. Adornato (ed.), Intorno al Papiro di Artemidoro III. I Disegni - Atti del Convegno internazionale del 4 febbraio 2011 presso il Gabinetti Disegni e Stampe degli Uffizi, Firenze (Florence, 2016), 105–27
  • Les dessins d'antiquités égyptiennes du Musée de Papier de Cassiano dal Pozzo, in E. Lurin and D. Morana Burlot (eds), L'artiste et l'antiquaire. L'étude de l'antique et son imaginaire à l'époque moderne (Paris, 2017), 115–26
  • 'Greeting the Biologoi' (appendix), 'Paintings and Drawings', P.Oxy 5357, 5401-3, in The Oxyrhynchus Papyri 83 (Oxford, 2018), 78-82, 197-206, pls XVIII-XXII

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