Henry Salt

English diplomat and collector of antiquities

In 1802 he accompanied the Viscount Valentia as secretary and draughtsman on a tour of the east, including Abyssinia (modern Ethiopia) and Egypt. He was sent back to Abyssinia in 1809-11 by the government to establish diplomatic and trading links. In 1816 Salt arrived in Egypt as British Consul-General. His position gave him unique opportunities to pursue his interest in the monuments and antiquities of Egypt. Most of the antiquities Salt collected were purchased by The British Museum and the Louvre, Paris.
  • Gender
  • Relationship
    Collector, Previous owner
  • Nationality
  • Born
  • Place of birth
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Staffordshire: Lichfield
  • Died
  • Place of death
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Alexandria
  • Cause of death
    Unknown or unrecorded
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