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Name of Object:

Portrait of Claudius Rich

Location:

London, United Kingdom

Holding Museum:

The British Museum

Date:

1825

Type of object:

Painting

Museum Inventory Number:

Painting 22

Provenance:

United Kingdom

Description:

Rich was the East India Company’s first Resident in Baghdad. He was a talented linguist. In his spare time he explored ancient sites, producing the first proper plans of Babylon and Nineveh. He hosted important travellers to Iraq, searching for sites of Biblical relevance. In 1821 he died during a cholera outbreak in Shiraz. His collection formed the nucleus of the British Museum’s collection.

Citation of this web page:

 "Portrait of Claudius Rich" in Sharing History , Museum With No Frontiers, 2019. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=sh_objects;AWE;uk;1;en&id=portraits

MWNF Working Number: UK 001