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


I. Sasson and Company; Biography: Sasson and Co. were at 179 Wardour Street, London. On the BM biographies database it describes the company as 'A Jewish family firm and import agency whose London letterhead describes the firm as "Under Royal Patronage" and "Importers of Oriental, Italian, and Spanish Works of Art", with Turkish and Persian flags above. I. Sasson is probably related to the Israeli dealer, Joav Sasson, whose son Gideon Sasson established an antiquities dealership ("Sasson Ancient Art Gallery") in Jerusalem in 1981.[sic - possibly 1891?]; Dates: Unknown active 1892-1910; Source:; Collection: Second collection

Inman, Alfred; Biography: Dealer based at 17 Ebury Street, London. Seems to have specialised in china and pottery.; Dates: No specific dates known; Collection: Founding collection, PRM and second collection

Irving, Captain (or possibly Irvine); Biography: This could be Captain James Irving, a surgeon and captain involved in the Liverpool slave trade.; Dates: No specific dates known; Collection: Founding collection, PRM

Isaac, Richard; Biography: Named as Richard Isaacs, possibly a farmer or farmhand, the object was obtained between Bridmore Farm and the 'Ox Drove' and he was said to be from Denland (actually probably Deanland, near Sixpenny Handley). He is possibly the Richard Isaac listed in the 1851 census as being aged 11, scholar, born in Handley Dorset and living in Sixpenny Handley. Or else he is the Richard Isaac aged 57 born in Handley Dorset who lived in Berwick St John Entire and worked as a farm labourer, listed in the 1901 census (these could be the same person, though there is a discrepancy in age); Dates: ?1840-?; Collection: Second collection

Isaacs, George Samuel; Biography: He procured several items for Lady Londesborough [Ursula Conyngham]. See Catalogue of a collection of ancient and mediaeval rings and personal ornaments formed by Lady Londesborough (1853) by Thomas Crofton Croker where it suggests Isaacs was selling his collection because he wished to travel to Australia. The introduction to the catalogue makes clear that the items also went through T. Crofton Croker's hands. The items came to Pitt-Rivers via Albert Denison Conyngham (Lord Londesborough) According to the BM database: Collector of jewellery and medieval art. Prior to moving to Adelaide, Australia in 1850 sold a head reliquary of St Eustace to William Forrest (q.v.), which was acquired by the Museum in the same year, and his collection of rings and brooches went to Thomas Crofton Croker. Croker passed this collection on to Lord Londesborough (q.v.) and it is published in the Londesborough catalogue of 1853. ... Also an author who wrote under the pseudonym 'A. Pendragon'.; Dates: 1825-1876; Source: here Collection: Second collection

Isleworth Pottery; Biography: One of the few factories making porcelain in London during the 18th century. Opened by Joseph Shore from Worcester it later relocated to Hanworth Road in 1830.; Dates: circa 1757-after 1830; Source:§ion=1&number=0&guid=0&mode=textOnly; Collection: Second collection

Italian Exhibition of Fine Arts, London, 1888; Biography: Italian Exhibition of Fine Arts, London, 1888 was held at Earls Court and started in May 1888; Dates: 1888; Collection: Second collection

Itcho, Hanabusa; Biography: Japanese artist; Dates: 1652-1724; Source:; Collection: Second collection

Compiled by AP during RPR project 2009-2012

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