Drawing of a warehouse

Drawing of a warehouse
Accession number: 
Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford

Drawing in pencil by Arthur Evans of a wooden wharf and warehouse at Luleå.

Artist: Arthur John Evans
Date of drawing: 14 August 1873
Continent: Europe
Geographical area: Northern Europe
Country: Sweden
Region/Place: Norbotten; Luleå
Cultural group: European Swedish
Format: Drawing (mounted on card)
Size: 73 x 117 mm; 174 x 245 mm (with mount)
Acquisition: Joan Evans. Donated August 1941


Primary documentation: ‘[p.588] Dr. JOAN EVANS, from the property of the late SIR ARTHUR EVANS, Youlbury, Boars Hill, Oxford. [List of items follows]’; ‘[p.590] 5 original pencil sketches of Sweden. Made on journey in 1873. Mounted’: Pitt Rivers Museum accession records (Donations X, 1937–1941), pp.588, 590. Annotations on drawing: ‘Wharf & c Luleå’ (written in pencil below drawing). Annotations on mount: ‘Wooden Wharf & warehouse. LULEÅ/ Vesterbotten. Sweden’ (written on mount in brown ink).

Research notes: It has been established by Philip Grover that this drawing was made by Arthur Evans on 14 August 1873, when his travelling party was at Luleå: Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Sir Arthur Evans Archive, B/2/1, Box 1, Notebook 1, p.50. For more information on Arthur Evans’ voyage to Finnish Lapland in 1873, see Joan Evans, Time and Chance: The Story of Arthur Evans and His Forebears (London, 1943), pp.172–176; Ann Brown, Before Knossos...: Arthur Evans’s Travels in the Balkans and Crete (Oxford, 1993), pp.14–16, 90; and Tony Lurcock, No Particular Hurry: British Travellers in Finland, 1830-1917 (London, 2013), pp.123–134, 250.