Annesley, George Arthur, 9th Viscount Valentia

British peer, politician, collector of antiquities

Right Honourable George Annesley, second Earl of Mountnorris, ninth Viscount Valentia was born at Arley Castle, Staffordshire on 7th December 1770. In 1802 Henry Salt, the nephew of Valentia's former tutor and friend, Dr Butt, was appointed as Valentia's secretary and draughtsman. They started on an eastern tour, traveling on Minerva to India via the Cape. Salt explored the Red Sea area, and in 1805 visited the Ethiopian highlands. He returned to England in 1806. Salt's paintings from the trip were used to illustrate the Lord Valentia's Voyages and Travels to India, Ceylon, the Red Sea, Abyssinia and Egypt. Salt later became the British Consul in Egypt and was a source of Valentia's Egyptian collection which he kept at Arley Castle.

His collection was sold in 1852 by auction: 'Arley Castle, Staffordshire : catalogue of the valuable contents of the castle, including antique and modern furniture ... the Valentia library ... Persian, oriental and Greek manuscripts; the collection of Egyptian & Etruscan antiquities formed by the late Earl during many years of travel and research with Belzoni and Salt, including a fine sarcophagus, in red granite ... two remarkably fine lion headed figures ... and several interesting papyri, one of which is not unrolled ... the property of the late Earl Mountnorris and Viscount Valentia, deceased, which will be sold at auction by Messrs. Farebrother, Clark and Lye at the Castle, on Monday, the 6th of December, 1852, and twelve following days.'
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    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Staffordshire
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    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Staffordshire
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