Richard Bethell

Collector of antiquities

Captain The Hon. Richard Bethell was the son of Lord Richard Luttrell Pilkington Bethell (3rd Baron Wesbury) and Lady Agatha Manners Tollemache. He married Evelyn Lucia Millicent Hutton on 10 October 1911. He died on 15 November 1929 at age 46.

Richard Bethell was a captain in the Scots Guards (wounded in World War One) and served as a member of the committee of the Egypt Exploration Society between 1920 and 1926. He assisted Howard Carter in the excavation of the tomb of Tutankhamun. He formed a large collection of antiquities which were sold by auction by Sotheby, Wilkinson and Hodge, London, 15- 16 December 1924. On 15 November 1929 he was found dead in his bed at Mayfair's Bath Club. It was initially thought that he died of a heart attack but his symptoms raised suspicion that he was smothered to death as he slept.
  • Gender
    Male
  • Relationship
    Collector, Previous owner
  • Nationality
    British
  • Born
    1883-04-26
  • Place of birth
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Died
    1929-11-15
  • Place of death
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: London: Mayfair
  • Cause of death
    Murder?
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