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Bullock, W. (William), 1773?-1849
A companion to Mr. Bullock's London Museum and Pantherion : containing a brief description of upwards of fifteen thousand natural and foreign curiosities, antiquities, and productions of the fine arts, collected during seventeen years of arduous research, and at an expense of thirty thousand pounds : and now open for public inspection in the Egyptian Temple, just erected for its reception, in Piccadilly, London, opposite the end of Bond-Street / by Wm. Bullock ...
Twelfth edition.
[London] : Printed for the proprietor, 1812.
London : Reynell, printer
Physical Description:
xii, 57, [1], vi, [2], 136 pages, [32] leaves of plates (1 folded) : illustrations ; 21 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
QH70.G72 L66 1812
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Illustrations by Samuel Howitt.
BAC: British Art Center copy bound in contemporary green cloth.
The catalog was produced to coincide with the museum's removal to and re-opening in its newly opened location at Egyptian Hall, Piccadilly. Bullock accumulated a large collection of antiquities and natural history specimens, which in the late 1790s he exhibited at Sheffield in a Museum of Natural Curiosities before being moved to Liverpool in 1801. In 1808 Bullock published a descriptive catalog of the collection, including objects which had been brought back by members of James Cook's expeditions. The continued success of the museum prompted its move to London in 1809. The catalog opens with a list of ladies and gentlemen who presented curiosities to the museum. This is followed by a description of Quadrupeds, including the platypus. The London museum section begins with a detailed description of items from Captain Cook's South Sea voyages, all assembled in the Sandwich Island Case and two smaller subsidiary cases. The small glass case C contained a jumble of objects: a North American belt, an African cap, Chinese coins, clear plates of natural mica, and lumps of asbestos. After a description of the silk stockings of James I, there follows cases of various nations and continents. The collection continued to be on exhibition until 1819, when its 32,000 items were disposed of by auction. See: Altick, R.D. Shows of London, pages 235-252.
Subject Terms:
Art objects -- Exhibitions.
Bullock's Museum.
Bullock, W. (William), 1773?-1849 -- Natural history collections.
Museums -- England -- London.
Natural history -- Catalogs and collections -- England -- London.
Etchings -- 1812.
Howitt, Samuel, 1765?-1822, illustrator.
Reynell, Carew Henry, -1859, printer.

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