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


da Sassoferrato, Giovanni Battista Salvi; Biography: Giovanni Battista Salvi da Sassoferrato, also known as Giovanni Battista Salvi, was an Italian Baroque painter; Dates: 1609-1685; Source:; Collection: Second collection

da Vinci, Leonardo; Biography: Renaissance artist; Dates: 1452-1519; Source:; Collection: Second collection

D’Ehrenhoff; Biography: Possibly Selim d'Ehrenhof, though I can find little about him apart from the name and the phrase '... knight of the order of Wasa, his consul general near his majesty the Sultan of Morocco ..' from [treaty 1904]; Dates: No specific dates known; Collection: Second collection

Dahl, A.C.; Biography: Lighthousekeeper at Ringholmen who gave a model boat. Nothing is known for sure about this owner.; Dates: No specific dates known; Collection: Founding collection, PRM

Dale, Langham; Biography: Educationalist, Cape Colony. Superintendent-General of Education in the Cape Colony and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town, who collected stone tools and published a number of papers on them.; Dates: 1826-1898; Source:; Collection: Founding collection, PRM

Dally, Frederick; Biography: Dental surgeon and talented photographer, he collected around Vancouver in the 1860s. Dally arrived in Victoria from England in September 1862.; Dates: 1838-1914; Source:; Collection: Founding collection, PRM

Dalton-Fitzgerald, Agnes Georgiana; Biography: Wife of Sir Gerald Richard Dalton Fitzgerald, Baronet. Lived at Thurnham Hall Lancs. See The Journal of the Royal Historical and Archaeological Association of Ireland, Fourth Series, Vol. 5, No. 37 (Jan., 1879), pp. 3-15; Dates: No specific dates known; Collection: Second collection

Dasent, George Webbe; Biography: English writer, diplomat, journalist, professor of English and modern history at King's College, London; interested in literature and mythology, especially from Scandinavia; Dates: 1817-1896; Source:; Collection: Second collection

daughter of Elizabeth Maitland Campbell Pringle; Biography: Nothing known of this previous owner of a collection sold by John Campbell, 2nd Marquess of Breadalbane [qv] at Christie's; Dates: No specific dates known; Collection: Second collection

Davenport, John; Biography: John Davenport of Longport, Staffordshire; said to have begun potting in 1785, first as a workman, and later as a partner with Thomas Wolfe of Stoke. He acquired his own pottery at Longport for the manufacture of earthenware in 1794. In 1830 he retired, and his two sons Henry and William carried on the firm until 1835, when Henry died. This style of the firm then became William Davenport and Company. William died in 1869, and his two sons took over the direction of the business, which remained in the family until 1887.; Dates: From circa 1785-1830; Source:; Collection: Second collection

Davis, H. probably John Heath; Biography: H. Davis is probably John Heath Davis who seems to have made to some of De Morgan's designs, see for an example. I cannot find out more information about him; Dates: No specific dates known; Collection: Second collection

Davis, Joseph Barnard; Biography: Physician and physical anthropologist especially interested in craniology.; Dates: 1801-1881; Source:; Collection: Founding collection, PRM

Davitt (or Darritt) and Co.; Biography: Sale room or auction house, from whom a collection of Fijian objects was obtained, nothing known for sure.; Dates: No specific dates known; Collection: Founding collection, PRM

Dawes, Thomas; Biography: Unknown member of Pitt Club whose badge came into the Pitt-Rivers collection via the Royal United Service Institution [qv]; Dates: No specific dates known; Collection: Second collection

Dawkins, William Boyd; Biography: Geologist and palaeontologist. From 1869 he was Curator of Natural History, Manchester Museum, later Lecturer in Geology at Owens College [later Manchester University] and then Professor of Geology until his retirement.; Dates: 1837-1929; Source:; Collection: Founding collection, PRM

Day, Ernest; Biography: Lived or worked at 439 Old Kent Road, London. Nothing further is known; Dates: No specific dates known; Collection: Second collection

Day, Robert; Biography: Irish antiquarian and photographer. cf Day also contributed items from John Evans' collection [Macgregor, 'Sir John Evans...' 2008: 28]; Dates: 1836-1914; Source:; Collection: Founding collection, PRM and second collection

de Cosson, Charles Alexander; Biography: Baron de Cosson, antiquarian collector, who specialised in collecting antique arms and armour; Dates: 1846-1929; Source:; Collection: Second collection

de Heere, Lucas; Biography: Flemish painter. In fact the work attributed to him by Pitt-Rivers is now supposed to have been painted by Hans Eworth [qv]; Dates: 1534-1584; Source:; Collection: Second collection

De Morgan, William Frend; Biography: Famous potter and novelist. He established his own pottery at Great Cheyne Row around 1873. A key figure in the Arts and Crafts movement; Dates: 1839-1917; Source:; Collection: Second collection

de Nadaillac, Jean François Albert Du Pouget; Biography: Marquis de Nadaillac, French archaeologist; Dates: 1818-1904; Source:çois_Albert_Du_Pouget_de_Nadaillac; Collection: Second collection

de Rosas, Juan Manuel; Biography: Argentine politician and army officer. After 1852 he spent the rest of his life in exile as a farmer in Hampshire.; Dates: 1793-1877; Source:; Collection: Second collection

Debenham Storr & Johnson Dymond; Biography: 'Debenham Storr & Johnson Dymond, which had been established in King Street, Covent Garden, since 1813, soon saw the benefit of an amalgamation with the new venture. Debenham was known for diamond and costume jewellery auctions, bankrupt and pawnbrokers' stock and what were known as 'police sales.'; Dates: From 1813; Source:; Collection: Second collection

Deme family; Biography: Noh mask maker family.; Dates: No specific dates known; Collection: Founding collection, PRM

Deme Tosui Mitsukane; Biography: Noh mask maker of the 5th generation of the Ono Deme family, descendants of Sanko-bo.; Dates: ?-1730; Collection: Founding collection, PRM

Denham, Henry Mangles; Biography: Admiral of the Royal Navy, interested in collecting natural history and ethnographic specimens.; Dates: 1800-1887; Source:; Collection: Founding collection, PRM

Denison, Christopher Beckett; Biography: Colonial administrator and politician, keen collector.; Dates: 1825-1884; Source:; Collection: Second collection

Derby pottery; Biography: Porcelain manufacturers now known as Royal Crown Derby.; Dates: From 1750; Source:; Collection: Second collection

Devisme, Louis-Francois; Biography: Parisian gun maker.; Dates: No specific dates known; Collection: Founding collection, PRM

Diamond, Hugh Welch; Biography: Doctor of medicine, keen photographer and antiquarian. His collection emphasised ceramics and prints. Fellow of Society of Antiquaries.; Dates: 1809-1886; Source:; Collection: Second collection

Dicker, Robert; Biography: Silversmith and jeweller of 8 Vigo Street, London. Dates from website; Dates: circa 1827-1900; Source:; Collection: Second collection

Dickinson, W.B. (or W.R.); Biography: Colonel in British [?Indian] Army, nothing is known for sure about him.; Dates: No specific dates known; Collection: Founding collection, PRM

Dillon-Lee Stanley, Henrietta Maria; Biography: Lady Stanley, Mother-in-law of Pitt-Rivers, lived at Alderley Edge, Cheshire and was one of the famous Stanley family.; Dates: No specific dates known; Collection: Second collection

Dimitianou, Theodore; Biography: Icon-maker from Corfu.; Dates: No specific dates known; Collection: Founding collection, PRM

Din, Jalab; Biography: Maker of plated steel vessel from Sialkot, India; Dates: No specific dates known; Collection: Second collection

Dixon, John; Biography: Artist. Irish engraver of fine mezzotints in England from around 1765.; Dates: 1740-1801 or 1811; Source:; Collection: Second collection

Don Pottery; Biography: John and William Green owned the Don Pottery, established in 1801. It was situated on the bank of the Don canal on the boundary between Swinton and Mexborough. Business declined in the 1830s and the Greens were declared bankrupt in 1834 and the pottery advertised for sale. In 1839 Samuel Barker purchased Don Pottery, which he ran until 1848. The pottery closed in 1893.; Dates: From 1801; Source:; Collection: Second collection

Donatello; Biography: Donato di Niccolà di Betto Bardi, a cast of his bust of NICCOLO DA UZZANO was owned by Pitt-Rivers. The maker of the cast is unknown; Dates: 1386-1466; Source:; Collection: Second collection

Douglas-Scott-Montagu, Henry John; Biography: Henry John Douglas-Scott-Montagu, 1st Baron Montagu of Beaulieu, politician; Dates: 1832-1905; Source:,_1st_Baron_Montagu_of_Beaulieu; Collection: Second collection

Dowdeswell; Biography: Messrs Dowdeswell of New Bond Street, London appear to have been dealers in Japanese curiosities, Pitt-Rivers bought several pictures from them. It may have been the same Dowdeswell who also dealt with modern European art, and dealt for example with Whistler, 'Operated by Charles William Dowdeswell (1832-1915) and his sons Walter (1858-1929) and Charles (c. 1860s-c. 1915), the Dowdeswells' gallery was located at 133 New Bond Street, one block from the Fine Art Society.'[Antiquities, November 2003 KJ Myers 'Mr Whistler's gallery ...'); Dates: No specific dates known; Collection: Second collection

Downing, Roger; Biography: Maker of a model of a cromlech in Norway in October 1846; nothing is known; Dates: No specific dates known; Collection: Founding collection, PRM

Doyle, Percy William; Biography: British Chargé d'Affaires and Minister-Plenipotentiary in Mexico circa 1843-1855. According to the BM biographical database: 'Diplomat. Son of Major-General Sir Charles William Doyle and his first wife Sophia, daughter of Sir John Coghill. According to his obituary, he was first attached to the British Mission in Washington in 1825. In 1829 he was appointed to Madrid. In 1836 he was became Paid Attaché at Constantinople. His first appointment to the Mexican Republic came in 1843 when he was appointed Secretary of Legation. Diplomatic relations were broken off later that year after an unfortunate incident with Santa Anna. Doyle returned to Mexico in 1848, as Chargé d'Affaires, being appointed Minister Plenipotentiary from December 1851 to February 1858. He returned home on leave in 1855 and in 1858 retired from the Diplomatic Service on a pension. He was appointed CB in March 1858. In Raymond A Jones, The British Diplomatic Service 1815-1914 (p.19) reference is made to Doyle's lack of progress in his career because of limited family influence and he is described as one of the 'workhorses of the profession in out-of-the-way places'. Doyle's collection of Mexican antiquities, made 'during his residence in that republic', was sold at auction by Sothebys on 3/4 January 1859 for a total of £382. 5s. 6d. Henry Christy [q.v.] bought a considerable number of items, paying £116. 8s. 6d. Doyle appears to have continued to collect, but concentrated on European material. No longer employed, but with a good pension, he seems to have been a 'man about town' on the fringes of the royal family, frequenting the theatre, court levées and other society occasions. He had two brothers, General Sir Charles Hastings Doyle (d. 1883) and Colonel North MP (d. 1894). He never married. Described as 'a popular member of London society', he died in 1887 at his home in Half Moon Street, Piccadilly, in his 82nd year.'; Dates: 1804-1887; Collection: Second collection

Drake, William Richard; Biography: From website: 'Drake was a lawyer and connoisseur, involved with both the Burlington Fine Arts Club and with the formation of the Murano Glass & Mosaic Company in 1869, an offshoot of the Salviati firm.'[qv Salviati]; Dates: 1817-1890; Source:; Collection: Second collection

Drausmiller, Georg; Biography: Nothing is known of this gunmaker; unusually for a gunmaker nothing comes up on a web search, which suggests that the name has been mistranscribed.; Dates: No specific dates known; Collection: Founding collection, PRM

Drayson, possibly Alfred Wilks; Biography: Colonel in British Army, who served in South Africa; it is possibly Alfred Wilks Drayson. If the match is correct then he enlisted with the Royal Artillery in 1846 and served in South Africa and throughout the British Empire. He was also Professor of Surveying and Practical Astronomy at Woolwich. He retired in 1883. He was a keen astronomer during his retirement.; Dates: 1827-1901; Source:; Collection: Founding collection, PRM

Drummond, James; Biography: Artist and antiquarian, he specialised in Scottish history paintings. He became a curator of the National Gallery of Scotland in 1868; Dates: 1816-1877; Source: Drummond&submit=1; Collection: Second collection

du Caju, Dominicus; Biography: Artist, miniaturist; Dates: 1802-1867; Collection: Second collection

Ducas, Prince; Biography: Presumably a person of status from Gabon; no further details available.; Dates: No specific dates known; Collection: Founding collection, PRM

Duff, D.; Biography: Nothing is known of this presumed dealer except he was based in Queensferry Street, Edinburgh and collected in Argyll, Scotland. He certainly seems to have sold most of the artefacts he is associated with to Pitt-Rivers.; Dates: No specific dates known; Collection: Second collection

Duff, J.C.; Biography: Dealer of 14 Queensferry Street, Edinburgh, nothing further is known of him; Dates: No specific dates known; Collection: Second collection

Duke, Edward; Biography: Antiquarian and clergyman who lived at Lake House in Wilsford near Amesbury. He was also local magistrate, member of the Archaeological Institute. He believed that the Druids had created many temples in Wiltshire. It may also be his son (of the same name) who was also a clergyman (a curate of St Edmunds, Salisbury); Dates: 1779-1852 or 1814-1895; Source:; Collection: Second collection

Dunderdale Pottery; Biography: of Castleford Yorkshire, set up by David Dunderdale according to the following website 'He had his pottery in Whitwood Mere, Castleford and made the exquisite Dunderdale teapots with the famous sliding lids'; Dates: From 1750; Collection: Second collection

Dunmore Pottery; Biography: Pottery was produced on the Estate of the Earl of Dunmore near Airth, in Stirlingshire, from the 1790s. At that time, it was a typical estate pottery, producing bricks and tiles for building repairs, and domestic pots for local use. All of its wares were made from the carse clay, dug on the estate ... Production changed dramatically during the time of Peter Gardner (1835-1902), a third generation potter who took charge of the works on the death of his father in 1866.; Dates: 1790s-1902; Source:; Collection: Second collection

Dunn, Robert; Biography: Royal Navy steward, who collected on Arctic expeditions and was secretary of the Ethnological Society for some years [Chapman, 1981: 192].; Dates: No specific dates known; Collection: Founding collection, PRM

Duodo, Francesco; Biography: Admiral; Dates: 1518-1592; Source:; Collection: Second collection

Dupont-Auberville, A; Biography: 'Dupont-Auberville was a rich man, a passionate and erudite collector of antiquities, mainly porcelain and textiles. His textile collection was exhibited at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in 1880, and part of his collection was offered for sale at the Hotel Drouot, the Parisian saleroom, in a two-day sale in February 1885. Further sales followed his death in 1891.' [see website]; Dates: ?-1891; Source:; Collection: Second collection

Durden, Henry; Biography: The British Museum database says of Durden: 'Collector. Owned grocery business in Blandford. Collected Dorset antiquities for his own museum and excavated (but did not publish). Little-known outside the county until 'discovered' by Charles Roach Smith. His coin cabinet sold upon his death; some of the rest of the collection catalogued by George Payne and published in 1892. (Durden died while this was in press). Part of the collection sold to the British Museum by Durden's son John (q.v.) in two tranches, September 1892 and June 1893 (1796 and 472 objects respectively). ... Most material was from Dorset, with a small collection of Irish antiquities obtained from Dr Cotton and Danish antiquities (plus some lithics from the Mississippi valley) from Mr Bryce Wright. Durden also acquired Anglo-Saxon antiquities from Kent. Among the prehistoric material were important collections from Hod Hill and from various Dorset barrows. I Longworth and C Haith, 'Henry Durden and his Collection', Proceedings of the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society, 114, 1992, pp.151-160'. His shop was at the corner of Market Place and Salisbury Street, in Blandford.; Dates: 1807-1892; Source:; Collection: Second collection

Durden, John; Biography: John Durden was the son of Henry Durden, qv; Dates: No specific dates known; Collection: Second collection

Duveen, Joseph Joel; Biography: It seems likely that the J. Duveen listed in the CUL volumes is probably Joseph Duveen. Together with his brother Henry Duveen they were art dealers who set up shop in Oxford Street, London in 1871 initially dealing in furniture and objects of virtu. Both dealt in Chinese porcelain and set up premises in London and the United States.; Dates: 1843-1908; Source:; Collection: Second collection

Compiled by AP during RPR project 2009-2012

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