Robert Grenville Gayer-Anderson

English army surgeon, administrator and collector of antiquities

Robert Grenville Gayer-Anderson (Major and Pasha) was a British army surgeon, administrator and collector of antiquities. He made a significant donation of Egyptian antiquities to the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, in 1943. Smaller parts of his collection are now in other museums, such as the British Museum (“the Gayer-Anderson Cat”), Manchester Museum and World Museum Liverpool.

This museum has about 185 objects from Robert Gayer-Anderson’s collection that were acquired by three means. Some were purchased from Norwich Castle Museum in 1956. Labels on the back of some of these objects indicate that some were first presented on loan in 1917 and paper archives record that they were transferred to Norwich Castle Museum in 1944 (presented by Gayer-Anderson on 23 March 1944). After Robert Gayer-Anderson's death smaller amounts of his collection were distributed to other museums such as about 53 objects, mainly from the Coptic Period, given as his bequest to Liverpool Museum in 1947 (accession series 47.27). Later on in 1959 a jackal-headed walking stick was given to World Museum by Robert Gayer-Anderson's brother (accession no. 59.32.189).
  • Gender
  • Relationship
    Collector, Previous owner
  • Nationality
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Born
  • Place of birth
    Europe: Northern Europe: Ireland: County Kerry: Listowel
  • Died
  • Place of death
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Suffolk: Lavenham
  • Cause of death
    Unknown or unrecorded
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