William Amhurst Tyssen-Amherst Amherst

Collector

AMHERST (Baron), William Amhurst Tyssen-Amherst, 1st Baron of Hackney.

Tyssen-Amherst is chiefly remembered as a collector of books, manuscripts, antique furniture and other works of art. He became famous for his Egyptian collection. In his country home, Didlington Hall, he built a museum for his rapidly growing Egyptian collection. In 1906, he was forced to sell a large portion of his collection after discovering that his estate and certain trust funds had been entirely dissipated at the hands of an untrustworthy solicitor, under whose management they had been placed. He lived only six weeks following the first Sotheby's auction from this collection.

His name is noted at the Carter gallery display of Swaffham Museum in Norfolk, suggesting that Tyssen-Amherst’s collection of ancient papyri and Egyptian figures was seen by a young Howard Carter. The Museum records reveal that in 1882 he exhibited six "life size Egyptian figures" at Swaffham assembly rooms. A copy of the catalogue describes the figures he exhibited which included a figure of a Bedouin chief.
  • Gender
    Male
  • Relationship
  • Nationality
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Born
    1835-04-25
  • Place of birth
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Norfolk
  • Died
    1909-01-16
  • Place of death
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: London
  • Cause of death
    Unknown or unrecorded
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