Sir Sydney Cockerell (1867-1962), Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge and book collector
Sitter in 14 portraits
Began his career in the coal business. His friendships with John Ruskin and William Morris led to work that he found more conducive: Morris offered him the task of cataloguing his library of manuscripts and early printed books and in 1894, he also became Secretary to Morris's Kelmscott Press. After Morris's death, Cockerell acted as his literary executor, a task he was to carry out for many other literary friends. In 1908, Cockerell was appointed director of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, a post he held for twenty-nine years. He rearranged and added to both the collections and the buildings of the museum. Cockerell was also a prolific and scholarly collector of medieval manuscripts.
by Unknown photographer
vintage print, March 1891