William Henry Crosfield

Donor to Antiquities and African Collections in 1861

William Henry Crosfield is the first donor of Egyptian antiquities to the museum. He owned a sugar importing and grocery business in Liverpool where he served as a Justice of the Peace. His father was also called William and was an anti-slavery campaigner and friend of William Lloyd Garrison. The Crosfields were Quakers and active supporters of the British Society for the Propagation of the Gospel Among the Jews. William married Fanny Elizabeth Job (born in Newfoundland) in Liverpool, in 1865. They had one child, Dora, born 1867.

In April 1861 William Crosfield donated over 207 antiquities to the museum (accession numbers 16.4.61.1-207). A letter dated 13 April 1861 written by Dora Philip of 32 Gayfield Square, Edinburgh, to Mr William Crosfield of Temple Court, Liverpool, reveals that that William Crosfield bought five cases of the Philip's collection of antiquities and ethnology for Liverpool Museum as Dora and Hermann Philip are moving from Edinburgh and selling the contents of their own museum. Dora mentions Liverpool as her 'birth place'.
  • Gender
    Male
  • Relationship
    Artist/maker, Previous owner
  • Nationality
    British
  • Born
    1839
  • Place of birth
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Merseyside: Liverpool: West Derby
  • Died
    1909
  • Place of death
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Merseyside: Liverpool
  • Cause of death
    Unknown or unrecorded
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