Journal Article

Colonel Leake's collections

Malcolm Wagstaff

in Journal of the History of Collections

Volume 24, issue 3, pages 327-336
Published in print November 2012 | ISSN: 0954-6650
Published online December 2011 | e-ISSN: 1477-8564 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jhc/fhr034
Colonel Leake's collections

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The acquisition in 1864 of Colonel Leake's collections, in particular his coins, was one of the most significant accessions to the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. However, it was not without controversy within the University. The University had little money of its own and some took the view that it should be spent on other projects. Funds would have to be diverted from the Fitzwilliam Fund which would delay the completion of the Museum building, even if it were allowable under the terms of Lord Fitzwilliam's will. In any case, coin collections were found elsewhere in the University and, it was claimed, little use was made of them. In the end the existence of Leake's own published catalogue of his coins won the day: it was specifically organized for research and teaching purposes. Although Leake had collected items during his travels in Greece (1802, 1804-10) most of his material was bought from dealers, chiefly in London.

Journal Article.  6250 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Exhibition Catalogues and Specific Collections ; History of Art ; Social and Cultural History

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