Henry Stobart

English clergyman and collector of Egyptian antiquities

The Reverend Stobart collected some valuable antiquities during his visit to Egypt during the winter of 1854-5, some of which he published in a folio volume without letterpress, 'Egyptian Antiquities collected on a voyage made in Upper Egypt in the years 1854 & 1855 and published by Revd. H. Stobart, M.A., Queen's College Oxford'. In 1857 he offered for sale the collection to the British Museum. However, the Trustees of the British Museum kept Stobart waiting so long that Joseph Mayer of Liverpool stepped in and bought the collection for £200 (Stobart acknowledged receipt on 24 November 1857). The collection was principally bronze deities but also some now well-known antiquities such as the "Rameses Girdle", two hieratic papyri "Mayer A and B", and the "Stobart Tablets". Ever popular with museum visitors is the mummified hand with two highly unusual gold lapis-lazuli obelisk rings.

Stobart's collection can be found in other museums: The British Museum bought Coptic and Greek papyri from Stobart, one of which had on the verso the Funeral oration of Hyperrides, edited by Churchill Babington; The Griffith Institute of Oxford University has squeezes in their archive made, or acquired, by the Revd. Stobart in Egypt in 1854-5; In 1938 Stobart's daughter, Constance I. Stobart, donated some of her fathers remaining collection to Brighton Museum & Art Gallery.
  • Gender
  • Relationship
    Collector, Previous owner
  • Nationality
    British: English
  • Born
  • Place of birth
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: County Durham: Chester-le-Street
  • Died
  • Place of death
    Europe: Southern Europe: Portugal: Madeira: Funchal
  • Cause of death
    Unknown or unrecorded
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