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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 Lafayette - NPG x48552

Sir Sydney Cockerell

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

Sir Sydney Cockerell, by Lafayette - NPG x70134

Sir Sydney Cockerell

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

Sir Sydney Cockerell, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x26668

Sir Sydney Cockerell

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

Sir Sydney Cockerell, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x26670

Sir Sydney Cockerell

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

Sir Sydney Cockerell, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x86765

Sir Sydney Cockerell

by Elliott & Fry
bromide print
NPG x86765

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Sir Sydney Cockerell

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

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