Contributors to the founding collection of the Pitt Rivers Museum and Pitt-Rivers' second collection


Abrams, Henry Edward: Biography: Dealer at 44, Broad Street, Oxford. He had worked at G.R. and F. Cambray in the same street, he sold objects to the Pitt Rivers Museum in 1898, 1902, 1903 and 1906. He specialised in antique and 'high class' furniture. The 1901 census confirms his age and occupation, he was born in Liverpool.; Dates: ?1855-?; Source:; Collection: Second collection

Addington, Samuel: Biography: The coin in Pitt-Rivers collection from the 'Addington cabinet' of coins was purchased from Sotheby's sale on 21 May 1883. This was a famous numismatic collection of coins collected by Samuel Addington that was dispersed over a number of occasions, the British Museum has some direct and some from Feuardent etc, others went to a Montagu. Most seem to have been sold in the 1880s. He also seems to have collected autograph letters. I presume he is the same man as described in the following website: Born in Little Gransden, Cambridge. A woollen merchant living in St Martins Lane, a major collector member of the Arts Club and Burlington Fine Arts Club. His art and ceramic collections were sold at Christie's in 1865 and May 1886 and Sothebys 27 May - 5 June 1886.; Dates: circa 1807-1886; Source:; Collection: Second collection

Aimi: Biography: Supposed name of a Japanese painter who cannot be traced, name probably mistranscribed; Dates: No specific dates known; Collection: Second collection

Alcock, Rutherford: Biography: Rutherford Alcock was the first British diplomatic representative in Japan. He served as Consul in China from 1844, and in Japan from 1858.; Dates: 1809-1897; Source:; Collection: Second collection

Alexander: Biography: Probably dealer of Salisbury, Wiltshire: nothing known. Associated with bronze candlesticks. Possible matches from the 1901 census are John Alexander, a retired furniture dealer aged 73, and Frank Alexander, art collector aged 49; Dates: No specific dates known; Collection: Second collection

Alldridge, Thomas Joshua: Biography: Thomas Joshua Alldridge was born in 1847, the son of R.W. Alldridge. He was educated at the City of London School and Blackheath Proprietary School. From 1871 to 1872 he was the acting U.S. Consular Agent, Sierra Leone. For several years Alldridge was Randall and Fisher's agent on York Island. From November 1889 to 1894 he was in the Sherbo hinterland as a Travelling Commissioner, with duties relating to treaty making with Protectorate chiefs on behalf of the colonial government. In 1890 he made an extended trip into the hinterland from Sulima to Pendeme. From 1894 to 1905 he was District Commissioner of Sherbro. He went on a special mission to Sama country in 1894. He accompanied Governor Cardew as topographical and astronomical observer on a trip of 617 miles into the interior. In 1900 he was awarded the Cuthbert Peek grant for geographical work in Sierra Leone. He was the Honorary Correspondent Secretary, Sierra Leone, for the Royal Colonial Institute. Alldridge died on 28th June 1916.; Source Dates: 1847-1916; Collection: Second collection

Allen, William; Biography: Reverend Allen was a missionary in Ghana who lived in Dorchester, Dorset. The item came to Pitt-Rivers via Edward Cunnington [qv]. Note that John Evans also received collections from this source [Macgregor, 'Sir John Evans...' 2008: 28]; Dates: ?-by 1892; Collection: Second collection

Aller Vale Art Pottery; Biography: Website cited says 'John Phillips, owner of the Aller Vale Pottery at Kingskerswell and a supporter of the Arts and Crafts Movement and Morris's ideals, seized the opportunity to produce art pottery at Aller when the pottery was rebuilt after a fire in 1881. At first the wares produced were rather crude and followed the Arts and Crafts tradition. The wares were made from clay found locally and decorated with slips and glazes made at the pottery. Phillips encouraged his local workers to attend the Cottage Art Schools held in the evenings at the neighbouring villages of Abbotskerswell, Kingskerswell and Coffinswell, to learn the craft of potting and other skills. [This source] says: 'In the last decade of the nineteenth century the company gained public approbation when its wares were stocked by Liberty & Co. of Regent Street, London. After the death of Phillips in 1897, the company was acquired by Hexter Humpherson & Co., who amalgamated it with another of their acquisitions, Watcombe Pottery, and the new firm was known as Royal Aller Vale & Watcombe Co. The company continued to produce pottery until 1962.'; Dates: After 1881; Source:; Collection: Second collection

Almack, Richard; Biography: Lawyer in Long Melford, Suffolk, and Clerk of the Council. One of the founding members of the Society of Antiquaries. See also; Dates: 1799-1875; Source:; Collection: Founding collection, PRM

Altes Museum, Berlin; Biography: Museum collection on museum island in Berlin, which currently shows the antiquities collections.; Dates: From 1823; Source:; Collection: Second collection

Ancion et Cie de Liège; Biography: Gunmakers of Liège, Belgium, also known as Ancion et Fils and later as Fabriques d'armes de Liège (FAL) and registered as Ancion, Hanquet et Cie.; Dates: No specific dates known; Source:; Collection: Founding collection, PRM

Anderson, Joseph; Biography: Archaeologist in Scotland. He taught in local schools and at Constantinople. He returned to Scotland in 1860 and became a keen archaeologist. In 1869 he was appointed Keeper of the National Museum of Antiquities. For much more information see the paper on the archaeology of Joseph Anderson in the Proceedings of the Antiquaries of Scotland 1975-76 by Angus Graham, pp. 279-298. See also Robert Innes Shearer [qv]; Dates: 1832-1916; Collection: Founding collection, PRM

Andrews, Frederick Henry; Biography: Appears to have written extensively on Indian art, little else is known. According to a review of his publication 'Wall Paintings from Ancient Shrines in Central Asia' by William Cohn, 'Mr Andrews was the oldest and most intimate collaborator of Sir Aurel Stein, the greatest explorer of Central Asia ... Sir Aurel paid then the following tribute ... 'It would be difficult ... fully to realise what antiquarian research into the past of Innermost Asia owes to Mr Andrews' devoted labour of many years.'; Dates: Unknown active before 1895 - after 1934; Collection: Second collection

Andrews, G.C.; Biography: Farmer or farm labourer at Cobley Farm, near Woodyates, Wiltshire in June 1892. He might be the George Andrews aged 12 of Woodlands, Dorset listed in the 1851 census. This is quite close to the area of Cranborne Chase where Pitt-Rivers lived.; Dates: No specific dates known; Collection: Second collection

Anning, James; Biography: Nothing is known of this previous owner. He owned the picture by F. Powell which was sold at Christie's on 9 July 1887.; Dates: No specific dates known; Collection: Second collection

Antiquaries, Society of; Biography: Learned society for antiquarians, Pitt-Rivers was a member; Dates: From 1751; Source:; Collection: Founding collection, PRM and second collection

Armourer's Company of London; Biography: Properly the Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers, London, founded in 1322. Based in the City of London and one of the craft guilds, this guild was for armourers and later workers in copper and brass.; Dates: No specific dates known; Source:; Collection: Founding collection, PRM

Army Medical Museum USA; Biography: Army Medical Museum based in Washington DC; Dates: From 1862; Source:; Collection: Second collection

Arscot, Erasmus; Biography: Nothing is known of this previous owner, who owned an archery shield in 1680; Dates: No specific dates known; Collection: Second collection

Arthurs, William; Biography: Illiterate rag and bone trader who lived in Ballymena, Northern Ireland; he sold antiquities to many purchasers including John Evans [qv] For further information please see 'Archaeology in Ulster since 1920' E.E. Evans Source: Ulster Journal of Archaeology, Third Series, Vol. 31 (1968), pp. 3-8. Arthurs also contributed objects to John Evans' collection [Macgregor, 'Sir John Evans...' 2008: 28]; Dates: No specific dates known; Collection: Founding collection, PRM

Compiled by AP during RPR project 2009-2012

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