- Also known as
William Sandys Wright Vaux
primary name: Vaux, William Sandys Wright
other name: (Rev) Vaux W S
other name: Vaux, W S W
- individual; cleric/religious official; curator; British; Male
- Life dates
- Educated at Oxford. Antiquary, prebendary of Wiltshire, and Vicar of Wanbrough, Wiltshire Joined Department of Antiquities, British Museum in 1841. In 1861 became the first Keeper of the Department of Coins and Medals, but resigned from the post in 1870 on account of ill-health. Special interest in oriental coins and antiquities. Royal Numismatic Society (q.v.): Member of Council from 1846, Secretary from 1852, President from 1855. Secretary of the Royal Asiatic Society (q.v.). His work on Nineveh and Persepolis helped to popularise the discoveries of A H Layard (q.v.) and others. Fellow of the Royal Society, Society of Antiquaries (q.v.). (Some coins have tickets marked 'From Mr Vaux's table'.)
- Obituary in 'Numismatic Chronicle' (1886), pp.18-19; brief mention in 'Numismatic Chronicle' (1885), p.16; obituary in Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 1886, vol.18, no.4, i-ii, vii-x.
E.A.W. Budge, 'The Rise and Progress of Assyriology', London: Martin Hopkinson & Co, (1925), pp.36, 77, 103, 107, 150, 267, portrait opposite p.150.