John Barker

Diplomat and collector of antiquities

On 28 June 1826, John Barker was appointed British consul in Alexandria, Egypt. Following the death of Henry Salt in 1827, Barker acted as consul-general in Egypt. He was formally appointed to the position on 30 June 1829. Barker proved himself unreliable during the first stages of the crisis between Western powers and Muhammad Ali Pasha, the viceroy of Egypt who was pursuing an expansionist policy at that time. As a result, British Foreign Secretary Lord Palmerston replaced him as consul with a commissioned officer, Colonel Patrick Campbell. Barker retired in 1833 and his collection of antiquities was sold anonymously by Sotheby's (258 lots). The British Museum and John Lee were the principal buyers. Joseph Sams purchased a few items which he later to sold to Joseph Mayer who donated his collection to World Museum in 1867.
  • Gender
  • Relationship
    Collector, Previous owner
  • Nationality
  • Born
  • Place of birth
    Asia: Western Asia: Turkey: Izmir: Smyrna
  • Died
  • Place of death
    Asia: Western Asia: Syria
  • Cause of death
    Unknown or unrecorded
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