- Also known as
Joseph Mayer (Liverpool)
primary name: Mayer, Joseph
other name: Mayer, Joseph (of Liverpool)
- individual; collector; manufacturer/factory; British; Male
- Life dates
- Lord Street, Liverpool (in April 1852)
- Major Victorian antiquary (F.S.A.), and collector; by profession a goldsmith; born 23 February 1803 in Newcastle-under-Lyme. Sold his coins to the French government in 1844; his own later collections embraced a vast area, from Ethnography, through autographs and manuscripts to Wedgwood pottery. This was bequeathed to Liverpool and is the foundation of the Liverpool Museum. Wrote numerous books and catalogues, including pioneering accounts on the history of British art. Seems to have also issued one or two medals.
He ordered a series of plaster casts of Egyptian and Persepolitan sculptures from the British Museum in April 1852 (ME Corres 1826-1867, vol. 8 (NS), L-M). Correspondence from 1863-64 relating to his collection of Egyptian papyri is held in the British Library (Add MS 34098). Other archives relating to him are held in the Liverpool Record Office, Liverpool University (Special Collections and Archives) and John Rylands Library, Manchester.). Died at Bebington, Cheshire, 19 January 1886.
Margaret Gibson and Susan M Wright (eds), 'Joseph Mayer of Liverpool 1803-1886', Society of Antiquaries of London Occasional Paper (new series) 11 (London), 1993.
Mark Westgarth, 'Biographical dictionary of XIXc antique and curiosity dealers', 2009 p.137
See also details on the website of the World Museum Liverpool:
Also the Mayer Trust: