H Christy

Associated with Ethnology collections

Henry Christy was a banker, textile manufacturer, anthropologist, and a collector who travelled widely. He visited the Middle East, Scandinavia and America, and also excavated in France. After his death his extensive collection passed to the British Museum (1884) via one of his trustees, Augustus Wollaston Franks, and more material was acquired with the money he bequeathed to develop the collection. This effectively formed the basis of the British Museum's ethnographic collections. It is not clear which items with a Christy number are from the original collection and which were acquired later. A 'Guide to the Christy Collection' exists.

Source: Dorota C Starzecka, Roger Neich, Mick Pendergrast (2010), 'The Maori Collections of the British Museum', London: The British Museum Press, pp12-13 and the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
  • Gender
    Male
  • Relationship
    Previous owner
  • Nationality
    British
  • Born
    1810-07-26
  • Place of birth
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: London: Kingston upon Thames
  • Died
    1865-05-04
  • Place of death
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Cause of death
    Pneumonia
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