Henry Rider Haggard

English administrator, novelist and collector of antiquities

Since he was a boy, the writer Sir Henry Rider Haggard had been fascinated with Egypt. He went there in 1887 and returned three times, seeking inspiration for his novels and to collect antiquities. He enjoyed wearing ancient rings and gave one as a gift to fellow writer and friend Joseph Rudyard Kipling. Haggard bequethed a large number of antiquities to Norwich Castle Museum in 1925 (accession 93.925). Most of this collection then came to Liverpool in 1956 when Liverpool Museum purchased much of Norwich Castle Museum's foreign collections. Haggard's collection is mostly Egyptian but also includes some Classical antiquities and objects kept within the Ethnology department.

The Egyptologist A. M. Blackman, published an article in 1917 that describes nine Egyptian artefacts in the collection of Sir H. Rider Haggard then kept at his home in Ditchingham, Norfolk.

Blackman, A. M., 'The Nugent and Haggard Collections of Egyptian Antiquities', in The Journal of Egyptian Archaeology, vol. 4, no. 1 (January 1917) pp. 39-46.

Entry for Rider Haggard on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._Rider_Haggard
  • Gender
    Male
  • Relationship
    Artist/maker, Previous owner
  • Nationality
    British
  • Born
    1856-06-22
  • Place of birth
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Norfolk
  • Died
    1925-05-14
  • Place of death
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Norfolk
  • Cause of death
    Unknown or unrecorded
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