Franks, Sir Augustus Wollaston, 1826-1897 (Knight, collector and museum keeper)
Sir Augustus Wollaston Franks (1826-97), knight, collector and museum keeper, was born at Geneva on 20 March 1826. Franks was educated at Eton College (1839-43) and at Trinity College, Cambridge (1845-9). He was one of the founders of the Cambridge Architectural Society and a member of the Ray Society and of the Cambridge Antiquarian Society. He wrote many pithy notes in the Archaeological Journal, and had published books on oriental glass and enamels (1861) and on Arabian inscriptions (1863). He was created KCB in 1894, was an honorary doctor of both Oxford and Cambridge, a fellow of the Royal Society, antiquary to the Royal Academy, and (after his retirement in 1896) he was made a trustee of the British Museum and a member of its standing committee. Franks died of cancer of the bowel on 21 May 1897 at 11 Duchess Street, Portland Place, London, and was buried in Kensal Green cemetery.
Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:
Sir Augustus Wollaston Franks: Correspondence to Robert Cust and Letitia Gaussen, 1878-1895
Artificial collection of single item or small collection accessions. Mainly correspondence but includes other papers.
Sir Augustus Wollaston Franks: Glazing Quarries
A collection of engravings of painted glass embodied in Sir A.W. Franks, Book of ornamental glazing quarries, 238 folios. Fos 2-13 and alternate leaves thereafter are blank.
Sir James Kay-Shuttleworth: Letters to him
16 letters to Kay-Shuttleworth, mostly concerning arrangements for meetings and acceptances of dinner invitations; 6 letters to other members of the family from various correspondents, 1842-1860; 6 miscellaneous letters.
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