William Bullock (collector)

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William BullockWilliam Bullock (collector)_header_cell_0_0_0
BornWilliam Bullock (collector)_header_cell_0_1_0 c1773

EnglandWilliam Bullock (collector)_cell_0_1_1

DiedWilliam Bullock (collector)_header_cell_0_2_0 7 March 1849 (1849-03-08) (aged 75)

Chelsea, EnglandWilliam Bullock (collector)_cell_0_2_1

FieldsWilliam Bullock (collector)_header_cell_0_3_0 Naturalist, AntiquarianWilliam Bullock (collector)_cell_0_3_1

William Bullock (c. William Bullock (collector)_sentence_0

1773 – 7 March 1849) was an English traveller, naturalist and antiquarian. William Bullock (collector)_sentence_1

Life William Bullock (collector)_section_0

Bullock began as a goldsmith and jeweller in Birmingham. William Bullock (collector)_sentence_2

By 1795 Bullock was in Liverpool, where he founded a Museum of Natural Curiosities at 24 Lord Street. William Bullock (collector)_sentence_3

While still trading as a jeweller and goldsmith, in 1801 he published a descriptive catalogue of the works of art, armoury, objects of natural history, and other curiosities in the collection, some of which had been brought back by members of James Cook's expeditions. William Bullock (collector)_sentence_4

In 1809, Bullock moved to London and the collection, housed first at 22 Piccadilly and in 1812 in the newly built Piccadilly Egyptian Hall, proved extremely popular. William Bullock (collector)_sentence_5

The collection, which included over 32,000 items, was disposed of by auction in 1819. William Bullock (collector)_sentence_6

In 1810, Bullock figured briefly in a law case concerning Sarah Baartman, a Khoikhoi woman brought to England for purposes of exhibition as the "Hottentot Venus". William Bullock (collector)_sentence_7

Bullock had been approached by Alexander Dunlop, the army surgeon responsible for Baartman's arrival in England, but had declined to be involved in the proposed show. William Bullock (collector)_sentence_8

In 1822 Bullock went to Mexico where he became involved in silver mine speculation. William Bullock (collector)_sentence_9

He brought back many artefacts and specimens which formed a new exhibition in the Egyptian Hall. William Bullock (collector)_sentence_10

A second visit to Mexico, and to the United States, took place in 1827. William Bullock (collector)_sentence_11

Bullock bought land on the bank of the Ohio River from Thomas D. Carneal where he proposed to build a utopian community named Hygeia (a Greek word meaning health) laid out by John Buonarotti Papworth. William Bullock (collector)_sentence_12

The speculation was not a success, although some people, including Frances Trollope, took part; Bullock sold the land to Israel Ludlow, Jr. in 1846. William Bullock (collector)_sentence_13

Bullock was back in London by 1843 and died there at 14 Harley Terrace, Chelsea. William Bullock (collector)_sentence_14

He was buried at St Mary's Church, Chelsea, on 16 March 1849. William Bullock (collector)_sentence_15

Bullock was a fellow of the Linnean, Horticultural, Geological, Wernerian, and other learned societies, and published several pamphlets on natural history. William Bullock (collector)_sentence_16


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