The travels and curious collections of Richard Pococke, Bishop of Meath

Rachel Finnegan

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This article examines the collecting career of the Revd Richard Pococke (1704-1765), some time Bishop of Ossory and subsequently Bishop of Meath, who travelled extensively in Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean from 1733-41 and accumulated a modest yet important collection of antiquities, coins, medals and natural curiosities. Using evidence from his recently published Grand Tour correspondence, together with other contemporary sources such as letters and sale catalogues, this article considers his foreign travels and mode of collecting and also the scholarly uses to which his foreign collections were put, including his contribution to learned societies, and the publication of his eastern travels.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-48
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of the History of Collections
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 01 Mar 2015
Externally publishedYes


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