Susan Birkbeck

Collector associated with the antiquities collection

Mrs Susan Birkbeck is a donor associated with the Egyptian collection acquired from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum in 1956.

Susan married William Birkbeck (1832-1897) in 1871. William was a wealthy banker and landowner who suffured from consumption and visited Egypt on medical advice because of the warmer climate. Records exist showing that he went there in 1882 with the physician Frank Worthington.

Labels on objects record the donor as Mrs S. Birkbeck and give the ex Norwich registration number of 19.14, indicating the collection was accessioned in 1914. On some cards and in the list made by Miss Tankard there is the detail "Egypt, Banks of Nile, 1870" suggesting the collection was put together by a tourist visitng Egypt by boat in 1870, perhaps on an earlier visit made by William Birkbeck.
  • Gender
    Female
  • Relationship
    Artist/maker, Previous owner
  • Nationality
    British
  • Born
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place of birth
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Died
    1927
  • Place of death
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Cause of death
    Unknown or unrecorded
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