Amice Mary Calverley was born in London April 9, 1896 and thereafter her family moved to South Africa. A talented artist and pianist, her family then moved to Canada, but winning a scholarship at the Royal College of Music, she retuned to England and worked at the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford) as an illustrator and photographer. In 1927 she was hired by the Egypt Exploration Society to copy the scenes on the walls of the immense temple of Seti I at Abydos, Egypt. So taken by her work, John D. Rockefeller Jr. and the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago co-sponsored this project which was published between 1933 - 1959. Continuing her interests in music, she composed a Quartet which was performed in Vienna, London and Canada. Continuing to work on volumes V and VI of the Abydos material, she returned to Canada and died on April 10, 1959.
Author of biography: Barbara S. Lesko
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