Helen Whitehouse


Retired curator of Ancient Egypt and Sudan in the Ashmolean Museum 

Faculty / College Address:

Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies



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, P.Oxy 5357 (appendix), and Paintings and Drawings,  P. Oxy. 5401-3, in The Oxyrhynchus Papyri 83 (Oxford, 2018), 78-82, 197-206, pls XVIII-XXII

  • With E. Vaiani and S. Prosperi Valenti Rodinò, The Paper Museum of Cassiano dal Pozzo, A.VIII: Egyptian and Roman Antiquities and Renaissance Decorative Arts (London/Turnhout, 2018)

  • Dining with the Gods in the Painted Residence at Kellis?, in G.E. Bowen and C. A Hope (eds), The Oasis Papers 9. A Tribute to Anthony J. Mills after Forty Years of Research in Dakhleh Oasis (Ox-ford, 2019), 345-52

  • The Argonauts' Boat on Wheels. P.Oxy. 5476, The Oxyrhynchus Papyri 84 (Oxford, 2019), 258-60, pl. XX

  • The Sun in the Sign of Leo? A Nilotic Scene from a Funerary Complex at Ostia, in A.R Warfe, J.C.R. Gill, C.R Hamilton, A.J. Pettman and D. A. Stewart, Dust, Demons and Pots. Studies in Honour of Colin A. Hope (Leuven, Paris and Bristol CT, 2020), 755—64

  • Paintings from Domestic Contexts, and in the Main Temple Complex, in C.A. Hope and G.E. Bow-en (eds), Kellis. A Roman-Period Village in Egypt’s Dakhleh Oasis (Cambridge, 2022), II.3 and IV.10

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Photograph of Helen Whitehouse