Lionel H Hanbury

Collector associated with the antiquities collections

Colonel Lionel Hanbury sold an Egyptian stela (no. 49.56) to the museum in 1949 for £10/10 [10 pounds, 10 shillings]. In a letter to the curator of the museum dated 8 September 1949, Colonel Hanbury wrote, "(The stela) has been in my family for some considerable time and as I am clearing out my house I want to get rid of it”. Other than this we have no information about its provenance but it has been suggested to be from an Abydos workshop by Amy de Joia.

The stela was taken to be inspected by E.A Wallis Budge, Keeper of Egyptian and Assyrian Antiquities at the British Museum, in July 1886 who wrote a translation of the text, and another letter suggesting the age to be about 2000 years before Christ. Both of Budge's letters are now in the museum archive (one addressed to "L. H. Hanbury Esq." and another to "Madam".

Colonel Hanbury was chairman of the Guardian Assurance Company and lived at Hitcham House and later at Hitcham Park Cottage, Burnham. He married Margaret Colemore Allhusen in 1891 in Eton, Buckinghamshire. Margaret was daughter of Henry Christian Stanley Allhusen and Elizabeth Alice Eden, born in 1869 in Gateshead, Durham. She died on 3 March 1949 in Burnham, Buckinghamshire, a short time before Colonel Hanbury decided to sell the stela.
  • Gender
    Male
  • Relationship
    Collector, Previous owner
  • Nationality
    British
  • Born
    1865
  • Place of birth
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: London
  • Died
    1954-02-08
  • Place of death
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Buckinghamshire: Burnham
  • Cause of death
    Unknown or unrecorded

1 item(s) from the Ancient Egypt collection related to Lionel H Hanbury

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