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Mycenae Excavation Records

The Mycenae Excavation Records consist primarily of original site plans, drawings and watercolours of artefacts, as well as a few notebooks and photographs, produced during the 1920-23 British School at Athens excavations at Mycenae led by then BSA Director, Alan Wace. Some of the areas explored in these early excavations include the Palace, Grave Circle, Lion Gate, Granary, and the Ramp House as well as numerous tombs including the Treasury of Atreus, Tomb of the Genii, Tomb of Aegisthus, and the Kalkani and Third Kilometre Cemeteries.

Most of these documents were deposited at the BSA by Alan Wace and Piet de Jong after the 1920-23 excavations while others were deposited in the 1930s either after they were published or after they returned to Athens from the 1936 exhibition, ‘British Archaeological Discoveries in Greece and Crete, 1886-1936’ hosted at Burlington House (Royal Academy of Arts) in London. Two notebooks by Winifred Lamb were added to the collection as part of the Lamb bequest in 1963 and two notebooks by Walter A. Heurtley were donated by Sylvia Benton in 1972. Additionally, some of the watercolour drawings, previously framed by Elizabeth B. French, were left to the British School at Athens in 1994 following her tenure as the BSA Director.

L.H. III Vases[MYC 3/1/26/1], L.H. III Vases, 1920-1923 [MYC 3/1/26/1], L.H. III Vases, 1920-1923

Watercolour drawing of Late Helladic III vases from Granary, Kalkani Cemetery, or Third Kilometer Cemetery. MYC 3/1/26/1 - MYC 3/1/26/3 are all included in 1936 Exhibition collection: 1936 EXH - 111

L.H. III Vase[MYC 3/1/26/2], L.H. III Vase, 1920-1923 [MYC 3/1/26/2], L.H. III Vase, 1920-1923

Watercolour drawing of Late Helladic III vase from Granary, Kalkani Cemetery, or Third Kilometer Cemetery. It is labeled “5” on the front. MYC 3/1/26/1 - MYC 3/1/26/3 are all included in 1936 Exhibition collection: 1936 EXH - 111

L.H. III Vase from Tomb 521[MYC 3/1/26/3], L.H. III Vase from Tomb 521, 1920-1923 [MYC 3/1/26/3], L.H. III Vase from Tomb 521, 1920-1923

Watercolour drawing of Late Helladic III vase from Kalkani Cemetery, Tomb 521. The bottom part of the drawing shows an enlarged version of the iconography on the vase which shows abstract human and animal figures. It is labeled “1” on the front. MYC 3/1/26/1 - MYC 3/1/26/3 are all included in 1936 Exhibition collection: 1936 EXH - 111H

Collection of L.H. I Vases[MYC 3/1/27], Collection of L.H. I Vases, 1920-1923 [MYC 3/1/27], Collection of L.H. I Vases, 1920-1923

Watercolour drawings of L.H. I Vases from Tombs 517 & 518 in the Kalkani Cemetery. MYC 3/1/27/1 - MYC 3/1/27/3 are all included on a single plate

L.H. I Vase from Tomb 518 No. 19[MYC 3/1/27/1], L.H. I Vase from Tomb 518 No. 19, 1920-1923 [MYC 3/1/27/1], L.H. I Vase from Tomb 518 No. 19, 1920-1923

Watercolour drawing of Late Helladic I vase from Kalkani Cemetery, Tomb 518, with characteristic designs of Late Helladic I (1600-1500 B.C.) MYC 3/1/27/1 - MYC 3/1/27/3 are all included on a single plate

L.H. I Vase from Tomb 517[MYC 3/1/27/2], L.H. I Vase from Tomb 517, 1920-1923 [MYC 3/1/27/2], L.H. I Vase from Tomb 517, 1920-1923

Watercolour drawing of Late Helladic I vase from Kalkani Cemetery, Tomb 517, with characteristic designs of Late Helladic I (1600-1500 B.C.) MYC 3/1/27/1 - MYC 3/1/27/3 are all included on a single plate

L.H. I Vase from Tomb 517 No. 13[MYC 3/1/27/3], L.H. I Vase from Tomb 517 No. 13, 1920-1923 [MYC 3/1/27/3], L.H. I Vase from Tomb 517 No. 13, 1920-1923

Watercolour drawing of Late Helladic I vase from Kalkani Cemetery, Tomb 517, with characteristic designs of Late Helladic I (1600-1500 B.C.) MYC 3/1/27/1 - MYC 3/1/27/3 are all included on a single plate

Vase from Tomb 515[MYC 3/1/28/1], Vase from Tomb 515, 1920-1923 [MYC 3/1/28/1], Vase from Tomb 515, 1920-1923

Watercolour drawing of vase from the Kalkani Cemetery, Tomb 515, including a display of the design on the bottom. MYC 3/1/28/1 - MYC 3/1/28/4 are all included on a single plate

Vase from Tomb 515[MYC 3/1/28/2], Vase from Tomb 515, 1920-1923 [MYC 3/1/28/2], Vase from Tomb 515, 1920-1923

Watercolour drawing of vase from the Kalkani Cemetery, Tomb 515, including a display of the bottom design. MYC 3/1/28/1 - MYC 3/1/28/4 are all included on a single plate.

Vase from Tomb 515[MYC 3/1/28/3], Vase from Tomb 515, 1920-1923 [MYC 3/1/28/3], Vase from Tomb 515, 1920-1923

Watercolour drawing of vase from the Kalkani Cemetery, Tomb 515. Display of the bottom is included as MYC 3/1/28/4. MYC 3/1/28/1 - MYC 3/1/28/4 are all included on a single plate

Vase from Tomb 515[MYC 3/1/28/4], Vase from Tomb 515, 1920-1923 [MYC 3/1/28/4], Vase from Tomb 515, 1920-1923

Watercolour drawing of vase from the Kalkani Cemetery, Tomb 515. This only displays the bottom design. The vase itself is included as MYC 3/1/28/3. MYC 3/1/28/1 - MYC 3/1/28/4 are all included on a single plate

Vases from Kalkani Cemetery, tombs 530 & 532[MYC 3/1/29], Vases from Kalkani Cemetery, tombs 530 & 532, 1920-1923 [MYC 3/1/29], Vases from Kalkani Cemetery, tombs 530 & 532, 1920-1923

Watercolour drawing of two vases from the Kalkani Cemetery, tombs 530 & 532. These vases are MYC 3/1/29/1 & MYC 3/1/29/2, respectively

Vase from Tomb 530[MYC 3/1/29/1], Vase from Tomb 530, 1920-1923 [MYC 3/1/29/1], Vase from Tomb 530, 1920-1923

Watercolour drawing of albastron vase from the Kalkani Cemetery, Tomb 530. This image displays both side and bottom views of the vase. The vase has a wheel pattern on the bottom with rosettes in between the handles and a palm design wrapping around. MYC 3/1/29/1 & MYC 3/1/29/2 are on a single plate

Hole-Mouthed Vase from Tomb 532[MYC 3/1/29/2], Hole-Mouthed Vase from Tomb 532, 1920-1923 [MYC 3/1/29/2], Hole-Mouthed Vase from Tomb 532, 1920-1923

Watercolour drawing opf a hole-mouthed vase from the Kalkani Cemetery, Tomb 532. This image only displays the side view of the vase. MYC 3/1/29/1 & MYC 3/1/29/2 are on a single plate

Three-Handled Amphora from Tomb 518[MYC 3/1/30], Three-Handled Amphora from Tomb 518, 1920-1923 [MYC 3/1/30], Three-Handled Amphora from Tomb 518, 1920-1923

Watercolour drawing of three-handled amphora from the Kalkani Cemetery, Tomb 518. This image only displays the side view of the vase.

Ceramics from Kalkani Cemetery[MYC 3/1/31], Ceramics from Kalkani Cemetery, 1920-1923 [MYC 3/1/31], Ceramics from Kalkani Cemetery, 1920-1923

Three watercolour drawings pasted on mount board depicting vases from Tombs 517, 518, & 527 of the Kalkani Cemetery. The individual drawings are numbered MYC 3/1/31/1 - MYC 3/1/31/3 and are ordered from left to right and top to bottom.

Jug from Tomb 518[MYC 3/1/31/1], Jug from Tomb 518, 1920-1923 [MYC 3/1/31/1], Jug from Tomb 518, 1920-1923

Watercolour drawing of LHII Jug from the Kalkani Cemetery, Tomb 518. MYC 3/1/31/1 - MYC 3/1/31/3 are parts of MYC 3/1/31 and are pasted together on the same mount board which was previously framed.

Jug from the Kalkani Cemetery, Tomb 517[MYC 3/1/31/2], Jug from the Kalkani Cemetery, Tomb 517, 1920-1923 [MYC 3/1/31/2], Jug from the Kalkani Cemetery, Tomb 517, 1920-1923

Watercolour drawing of a jug from the Kalkani Cemetery, Tomb 517. MYC 3/1/31/1 - MYC 3/1/31/3 are parts of MYC 3/1/31 and are pasted together on the same board which was previously framed.

Jug from Kalkani Cemetery, Tomb 527[MYC 3/1/31/3], Jug from Kalkani Cemetery, Tomb 527, 1920-1923 [MYC 3/1/31/3], Jug from Kalkani Cemetery, Tomb 527, 1920-1923

Watercolour drawing of LHIII jug from the Kalkani Cemetery, Tomb 527. MYC 3/1/31/1 - MYC 3/1/31/3 are parts of MYC 3/1/31 and are pasted together on the same mount board which was previously framed.

Vases from Kalkani Cemetery[MYC 3/1/32], Vases from Kalkani Cemetery, 1920-1923 [MYC 3/1/32], Vases from Kalkani Cemetery, 1920-1923

Six watercolour drawings of vases from tombs 516-518, 529, 533 at the Kalkani Cemetery. MYC 3/1/32/1 - MYC 3/1/32/6 are parts of MYC 3/1/32 and are pasted together on the same mount board which was previously framed

Shallow Saucer from Tomb 518[MYC 3/1/32/1], Shallow Saucer from Tomb 518, 1920-1923 [MYC 3/1/32/1], Shallow Saucer from Tomb 518, 1920-1923

Watercolour drawing showing the side view of a shallow saucer, no. 41 from Tomb 518 of the Kalkani Cemetery. MYC 3/1/32/1 - MYC 3/1/32/6 are parts of MYC 3/1/32 and are pasted together on the same mount board which was previously framed.

Shallow Saucer from Tomb 517[MYC 3/1/32/2], Shallow Saucer from Tomb 517, 1920-1923 [MYC 3/1/32/2], Shallow Saucer from Tomb 517, 1920-1923

Watercolour drawing showing the side and bottom of a shallow saucer from Tomb 517 of the Kalkani Cemetery. MYC 3/1/32/1 - MYC 3/1/32/6 are parts of MYC 3/1/32 and are pasted together on the same mount board which was previously framed.

Shallow Saucer from Tomb 516[MYC 3/1/32/3], Shallow Saucer from Tomb 516, 1920-1923 [MYC 3/1/32/3], Shallow Saucer from Tomb 516, 1920-1923

Watercolour drawing showing the side and bottom of a shallow saucer from Tomb 516 of the Kalkani Cemetery. MYC 3/1/32/1 - MYC 3/1/32/6 are parts of MYC 3/1/32 and are pasted together on the same mount board which was previously framed.

Shallow Saucer from Tomb 518[MYC 3/1/32/4], Shallow Saucer from Tomb 518, 1920-1923 [MYC 3/1/32/4], Shallow Saucer from Tomb 518, 1920-1923

Watercolour drawing showing the side of a shallow saucer, no. 39 from Tomb 518 of the Kalkani Cemetery. MYC 3/1/32/1 - MYC 3/1/32/6 are parts of MYC 3/1/32 and are pasted together on the same mount board which was previously framed.

Shallow Saucer from Tomb 529[MYC 3/1/32/5], Shallow Saucer from Tomb 529, 1920-1923 [MYC 3/1/32/5], Shallow Saucer from Tomb 529, 1920-1923

Watercolour drawing showing the side of a shallow saucer from Tomb 529 of the Kalkani Cemetery. MYC 3/1/32/1 - MYC 3/1/32/6 are parts of MYC 3/1/32 and are pasted together on the same mount board which was previously framed.

Shallow Saucer from Tomb 533[MYC 3/1/32/6], Shallow Saucer from Tomb 533, 1920-1923 [MYC 3/1/32/6], Shallow Saucer from Tomb 533, 1920-1923

Watercolour drawing showing the side of a shallow saucer from Tomb 533 of the Kalkani Cemetery. MYC 3/1/32/1 - MYC 3/1/32/6 are parts of MYC 3/1/32 and are pasted together on the same mount board which was previously framed.

Pottery Fragments from Grave Circle and Palace[MYC 3/1/33], Pottery Fragments from Grave Circle and Palace, 1921-1923 [MYC 3/1/33], Pottery Fragments from Grave Circle and Palace, 1921-1923

Four watercolour drawings of Early and Middle Helladic fragments found at the Grave Circle and Palace. The fragments shown in the two upper drawings are Early Helladic except (e) which is Middle Helladic. The patterned pieces were originally found by Stamatakes in 1877, rediscovered by the British School in the cellar of the Nauplia Museum, and identified by the Greek letters written on them in pencil. The bowl fragment with a flight of birds in the central drawing is dated to the Middle Helladic as are the three fragments shown in the drawing at the bottom albeit somewhat earlier. These drawings were originally included on an exhibition board for the BSA 1936 Exhibition at Burlington House, London. MYC 3/1/33/1 - MYC 3/1/33/4 are parts of MYC 3/33.

Early and Middle Helladic Pottery from Grave Circle Area, Fragments A-L[MYC 3/1/33/1], Early and Middle Helladic Pottery from Grave Circle Area, Fragments A-L, 1921-1923 [MYC 3/1/33/1], Early and Middle Helladic Pottery from Grave Circle Area, Fragments A-L, 1921-1923

Watercolour drawing showing Early and Middle Helladic pottery fragments from strata at the foot of Great Ramp (A-G, J-K, L), Wall 63 (H), Test 62 (I) and S. of Grave Circle (E). This drawing was originally included on an exhibition board for the BSA 1936 Exhibition at Burlington House, London. MYC 3/1/33/1 - MYC 3/1/33/4 are parts of MYC 3/33. This was published at the top part of Plate XII, ABSA 25 (1921-23) along with MYC 3/1/33/4.

Early Helladic Pottery Fragments from Grave Circle Area[MYC 3/1/33/2], Early Helladic Pottery Fragments from Grave Circle Area, 1921-1923 [MYC 3/1/33/2], Early Helladic Pottery Fragments from Grave Circle Area, 1921-1923

Watercolour drawing showing fragments of Early Helladic Pottery found in the Grave Circle by Stamatakes during his 1877 excavation. This drawing was originally included on an exhibition board for the BSA 1936 Exhibition at Burlington House, London. MYC 3/1/33/1 - MYC 3/1/33/4 are parts of MYC 3/33.

Fragment of Middle Helladic Pottery Displaying Ducks in Flight[MYC 3/1/33/3], Fragment of Middle Helladic Pottery Displaying Ducks in Flight, 1921-1923 [MYC 3/1/33/3], Fragment of Middle Helladic Pottery Displaying Ducks in Flight, 1921-1923

Watercolour drawing of a Middle Helladic fragment found in the pithos area of the Palace and decorated with birds in flight This drawing was originally included on an exhibition board for the BSA 1936 Exhibition at Burlington House, London. MYC 3/1/33/1 - MYC 3/1/33/4 are parts of MYC 3/33.

Early and Middle Helladic Pottery from Grave Circle Area, Fragments M-N-O[MYC 3/1/33/4], Early and Middle Helladic Pottery from Grave Circle Area, Fragments M-N-O, 1921-1923 [MYC 3/1/33/4], Early and Middle Helladic Pottery from Grave Circle Area, Fragments M-N-O, 1921-1923

Watercolour drawing of Early Helladic pottery fragments from the strata of the foot of Great Ramp (M &N) and Test 62 (O). This drawing was originally included on an exhibition board for the BSA 1936 Exhibition at Burlington House, London. MYC 3/1/33/1 - MYC 3/1/33/4 are parts of MYC 3/33. This was published at the bottom part of Plate XII, ABSA 25 (1921-23) along with MYC 3/1/33/1.

Pottery from Below the East Lobby of the Grand Staircase[MYC 3/1/34], Pottery from Below the East Lobby of the Grand Staircase, 1921-1923 [MYC 3/1/34], Pottery from Below the East Lobby of the Grand Staircase, 1921-1923

Watercolour drawing of full cups and fragments of pottery from below the floor of the east lobby of the Palace's Grand Staircase. MYC 3/1/34/1 - MYC 3/1/34/4 are all included in 1936 Exhibition collection: 1936 EXH - 107

Shallow Spreading Cup from Grand Staircase of Palace[MYC 3/1/34/1], Shallow Spreading Cup from Grand Staircase of Palace, 1921-1923 [MYC 3/1/34/1], Shallow Spreading Cup from Grand Staircase of Palace, 1921-1923

Watercolour drawing of shallow spreading cup from below the floor of the east lobby of the Grand Staircase. MYC 3/1/34/1 - MYC 3/1/34/4 are all included in 1936 Exhibition collection: 1936 EXH - 107

Cup from Grand Staircase of Palace[MYC 3/1/34/2], Cup from Grand Staircase of Palace, 1921-1923 [MYC 3/1/34/2], Cup from Grand Staircase of Palace, 1921-1923

Watercolour drawing of cup decorated with spiral designs from below the floor of the east lobby of the Grand Staircase. MYC 3/1/34/1 - MYC 3/1/34/4 are all included in 1936 Exhibition collection: 1936 EXH - 107

Vaphio Cup from Grand Staircase of Palace[MYC 3/1/34/3], Vaphio Cup from Grand Staircase of Palace, 1921-1923 [MYC 3/1/34/3], Vaphio Cup from Grand Staircase of Palace, 1921-1923

Watercolour drawing of Vaphio cup decorated with spiral designs from below the floor of the east lobby of the Grand Staircase. MYC 3/1/34/1 - MYC 3/1/34/4 are all included in 1936 Exhibition collection: 1936 EXH - 107

Pottery Fragments of Various Cups from Grand Staircase of Palace[MYC 3/1/34/4], Pottery Fragments of Various Cups from Grand Staircase of Palace, 1921-1923 [MYC 3/1/34/4], Pottery Fragments of Various Cups from Grand Staircase of Palace, 1921-1923

Watercolour drawing of pottery fragments from cups with varying designs from below the floor of the east lobby of the Grand Staircase. MYC 3/1/34/1 - MYC 3/1/34/4 are all included in 1936 Exhibition collection: 1936 EXH - 107

Pottery and Fragments from the Tomb of Aegisthus and Kalkani Cemetery[MYC 3/1/35], Pottery and Fragments from the Tomb of Aegisthus and Kalkani Cemetery, 1921-1923 [MYC 3/1/35], Pottery and Fragments from the Tomb of Aegisthus and Kalkani Cemetery, 1921-1923

Watercolour drawing of pottery sherds, a jug, and whorl from the Tomb of Aegisthus and Tomb 515, Kalkani Cemetery. MYC 3/1/35/1 - MYC 3/1/35/9 are all included in 1936 Exhibition collection: 1936 EXH - 108

Palace Style Amphorae from Tomb of Aegisthus[MYC 3/1/35/1], Palace Style Amphorae from Tomb of Aegisthus, 1921-1923 [MYC 3/1/35/1], Palace Style Amphorae from Tomb of Aegisthus, 1921-1923

Watercolour drawing of pottery fragments of palace style amphorae from the Tomb of Aegisthus. MYC 3/1/35/1 - MYC 3/1/35/9 are all included in 1936 Exhibition collection: 1936 EXH - 108

Jar Decorated with Double Axes from Tomb of Aegisthus[MYC 3/1/35/2], Jar Decorated with Double Axes from Tomb of Aegisthus, 1921-1923 [MYC 3/1/35/2], Jar Decorated with Double Axes from Tomb of Aegisthus, 1921-1923

Watercolour drawing of jardecorated with double axes from the Tomb of Aegisthus. MYC 3/1/35/1 - MYC 3/1/35/9 are all included in 1936 Exhibition collection: 1936 EXH - 108

Large Bowl; Unidentified[MYC 3/1/35/3], Large Bowl; Unidentified, 1921-1923 [MYC 3/1/35/3], Large Bowl; Unidentified, 1921-1923

Watercolour drawing of a large bowl that is unidentified and without findspot. MYC 3/1/35/1 - MYC 3/1/35/9 are all included in 1936 Exhibition collection: 1936 EXH - 108

Fragments of Funnel Rhyton from Tomb of Aegisthus[MYC 3/1/35/4], Fragments of Funnel Rhyton from Tomb of Aegisthus, 1921-1923 [MYC 3/1/35/4], Fragments of Funnel Rhyton from Tomb of Aegisthus, 1921-1923

Watercolour drawing of two fragments of funnel rhytons from the Tomb of Aegisthus. MYC 3/1/35/1 - MYC 3/1/35/9 are all included in 1936 Exhibition collection: 1936 EXH - 108

Spindle Whorl from Tomb 515[MYC 3/1/35/5], Spindle Whorl from Tomb 515, 1921-1923 [MYC 3/1/35/5], Spindle Whorl from Tomb 515, 1921-1923

Watercolour drawing of a spindle whorl from Tomb 515. MYC 3/1/35/1 - MYC 3/1/35/9 are all included in 1936 Exhibition collection: 1936 EXH - 108

Fragment of Funnel Rhyton from Tomb of Aegisthus[MYC 3/1/35/6], Fragment of Funnel Rhyton from Tomb of Aegisthus, 1921-1923 [MYC 3/1/35/6], Fragment of Funnel Rhyton from Tomb of Aegisthus, 1921-1923

Watercolour drawing of a fragment of funnel rhyton from the Tomb of Aegisthus. MYC 3/1/35/1 - MYC 3/1/35/9 are all included in 1936 Exhibition collection: 1936 EXH - 108

Pottery Fragment from Tomb of Aegisthus with Fish Scale Pattern[MYC 3/1/35/7], Pottery Fragment from Tomb of Aegisthus with Fish Scale Pattern, 1921-1923 [MYC 3/1/35/7], Pottery Fragment from Tomb of Aegisthus with Fish Scale Pattern, 1921-1923

Watercolour drawing of a fragment from the Tomb of Aegisthus with fish scale pattern. MYC 3/1/35/1 - MYC 3/1/35/9 are all included in 1936 Exhibition collection: 1936 EXH - 108

Patterned Palace Style Amphorae from Tomb of Aegisthus[MYC 3/1/35/8], Patterned Palace Style Amphorae from Tomb of Aegisthus, 1921-1923 [MYC 3/1/35/8], Patterned Palace Style Amphorae from Tomb of Aegisthus, 1921-1923

B/W ink drawing of palace style amphorae from the Tomb of Aegisthus displaying an intricate pattern. MYC 3/1/35/1 - MYC 3/1/35/9 are all included in 1936 Exhibition collection: 1936 EXH - 108

Pottery Fragment from Tomb of Aegisthus[MYC 3/1/35/9], Pottery Fragment from Tomb of Aegisthus, 1921-1923 [MYC 3/1/35/9], Pottery Fragment from Tomb of Aegisthus, 1921-1923

Watercolour drawing of a fragment from the Tomb of Aegisthus. MYC 3/1/35/1 - MYC 3/1/35/9 are all included in 1936 Exhibition collection: 1936 EXH - 108

L.H. II Pottery from Kalkani Cemetery[MYC 3/1/36], L.H. II Pottery from Kalkani Cemetery, 1921-1922 [MYC 3/1/36], L.H. II Pottery from Kalkani Cemetery, 1921-1922

Watercolour drawings of L.H. II jugs, amphorae, alabastrons, cup, and rython from Tombs 515, 518, 529, & 532 of the Kalkani Cemetery. MYC 3/1/36/1 - MYC 3/1/36/8 are all included in 1936 Exhibition collection: 1936 EXH - 109.

Alabastron from Tomb 529[MYC 3/1/36/1], Alabastron from Tomb 529, 1921-1922 [MYC 3/1/36/1], Alabastron from Tomb 529, 1921-1922

Watercolour drawing of L.H. II alabastron with wave pattern from Tomb 529. MYC 3/1/36/1 - MYC 3/1/36/8 are all included in 1936 Exhibition collection: 1936 EXH - 109.

Ostrich Egg Rhyton from Tomb 518[MYC 3/1/36/2], Ostrich Egg Rhyton from Tomb 518, 1921-1922 [MYC 3/1/36/2], Ostrich Egg Rhyton from Tomb 518, 1921-1922

Watercolour drawing of L.H. II ostrich egg rhyton from Tomb 518. MYC 3/1/36/1 - MYC 3/1/36/8 are all included in 1936 Exhibition collection: 1936 EXH - 109.