Flaxman Charles John Spurrell

English collector, geologist and antiquarian

Close friend of the Egyptologist Sir Flinders Petrie, whom he acquired Egyptian antiquities from. Spurrell assisted Petrie with the publication of artefacts from Petrie's excavations, especially flint implements in Petrie's Naqada and Tell el Amarna publications. He published several articles in the 'Archaeological Journal', in particular about colour and flints in ancient Egypt. His collection of Egyptian antiquities went to Norwich Castle Museum in two accessions: presented by him in 1904 (inv. 54.04) and, four years after his death, as a bequest in 1919 (inv. 58.19).

Some years before his death, he retired to Bessingham Manor House in Norfolk, one of the seats of the Spurrell family, and was no longer active in the archaeological world. He died at The Den, Bessingham, in 1915, having married his cousin, Katherine Anne Spurrell, on 27 March 1912.

For obituaries of Spurrell see the 'Journal of Egyptian Archaeology' volume 2 (1915) p.251, and 'Ancient Egypt' (1915) p. 93.
  • Gender
  • Relationship
    Artist/maker, Collector, Previous owner
  • Nationality
  • Born
  • Place of birth
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: London: Tower Hamlets
  • Died
  • Place of death
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Norfolk: Bessingham
  • Cause of death
    Unknown or unrecorded
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