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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.

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Sir Sydney Cockerell

by Dorothy Hawksley
pencil, 1952
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Sir Sydney Cockerell

by Dorothy Hawksley
watercolour, 1960
NPG 4324

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Sir Sydney Cockerell

by Walter Stoneman
negative, 1917
NPG x31041

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Sir Sydney Cockerell

by Walter Stoneman
negative, 1917
NPG x32103

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Sir Sydney Cockerell

by Walter Stoneman
negative, 1917
NPG x32639

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Sir Sydney Cockerell

by Dorothy Hawksley
bromide print, circa 1930
NPG x136177

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Sir Sydney Cockerell

by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
half-plate nitrate negative, 1 November 1933
NPG x70134

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Sir Sydney Cockerell

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 5 January 1934
NPG x26668

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Sir Sydney Cockerell

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 5 January 1934
NPG x26670

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Sir Sydney Cockerell

by Elliott & Fry
bromide print
NPG x86765

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Sir Sydney Cockerell

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1917
NPG x31042

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Sir Sydney Cockerell

by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
half-plate film negative, 1 November 1933
NPG x48552

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Sir Sydney Cockerell

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 5 January 1934
NPG x26669

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