H 156 x W 234 mm
Published Dec 2020
A biography of Dr John Disney (1779-1857), the benefactor of the first chair in archaeology at a British university. He also donated his major collection of Classical sculptures to the University of Cambridge. The sculptures continue to be displayed in the Fitzwilliam Museum.
Chapter 1: The Disney Family ;
Chapter 2: The Break with the Church of England ;
Chapter 3: Collectors of the Grand Tour: Thomas Hollis and Thomas Brand ;
Chapter 4: The Disney-Ffytche Family and Essex ;
Chapter 5: Life at The Hyde and its Collection ;
Chapter 6: Disney and Learned Societies ;
Chapter 7: The Museum Disneianum and Cambridge ;
Chapter 8: Going for Gold ;
Chapter 9: The Disney Legacy ;
This volume sits somewhat uncomfortably in a series devoted to Archaeological Lives. It concerns the family history of John Disney (1779–1857), who inherited a very important collection of antiquities, some of which he gave to Cambridge University, where he went on to found the premier chair of archaeology in Britain.