William Bullock (collector)
|Died||7 March 1849 (1849-03-08) (aged 75)|
William Bullock (c.
By 1795 Bullock was in Liverpool, where he founded a Museum of Natural Curiosities at 24 Lord Street.
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.
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.
The collection, which included over 32,000 items, was disposed of by auction in 1819.
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.
In 1822 Bullock went to Mexico where he became involved in silver mine speculation.
He brought back many artefacts and specimens which formed a new exhibition in the Egyptian Hall.
A second visit to Mexico, and to the United States, took place in 1827.
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.
Bullock was back in London by 1843 and died there at 14 Harley Terrace, Chelsea.
He was buried at St Mary's Church, Chelsea, on 16 March 1849.
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