FEW drawings have been more successful in conveying an idea of the immensity of this stupendous Temple; but, crowded as these enormous columns are, any attempt  to convey an idea of their true scale appears to be hopeless. In standing beneath or among them, they are seen under angles too large for the eye to command or the pencil justly to convey. In the drawing of the central avenue, given in a former part of this Work, the perspective of the successive columns, of equal height and size, conveys some idea of their vastness; but this becomes confused in any effort to obtain a transverse view, like that before us, which is taken at a right angle with the former. The nearer columns are much smaller than those of the central avenue, being one-fourth less both in diameter and in height, yet they appear, from their proximity, to be much larger. This view lies across six rows of these lateral columns that lie on either side of the two central rows, which are sixty-six feet in height without the pedestal and abacus, and originally bore an architrave and a roof nearly one hundred feet in height. What mind  can receive a clear impression of such magnitude, except from an actual contemplation of the Temple itself? Yet there is no one object which the artist, who has visited Egypt, has been more desirous to succeed in, than by his art, to convey to others who have not travelled there, an idea of the Hall of Columns in the great Temple of Karnak.

    Nor is it merely the emotion of sublimity that he has wished  to excite by giving a just idea of its scale and proportions, the enrichments of its sculpture and painting make an equally striking impression, of its great beauty, for the hieroglyphics with which every member and every part of the building is covered are nowhere more sharp and beautiful in design and execution, and in many places the colours are as vivid as when first laid on, and enable the observer to conceive what beauty and grandeur were combined in this wonderful structure before the Persian conquest. Its massiveness seems to have saved it from destruction; yet these columns are not in single pieces, but built up with large blocks of stone so admirably put together that, though many columns are displaced and have fallen against others, they rest there unbroken, as may be seen in the leaning column with its entablature in the distance. In this case the foundation seems to have given way. That the state of the ground has not been to a greater extent a cause of their falling is a matter of surprise, for it is swampy and strongly impregnated with nitre. The columns of the Great Hall at Karnak, however, are long likely to remain, to the astonishment and delight of many generations yet appointed to succeed us.