Henry Salt (1780-1827)

Henry SaltBritish diplomat and collector
Salt was trained as a portrait-painter and first travelled to Egypt in the service of a nobleman (1802-1806). In 1815 he was appointed as British Consul-General in Alexandria. Here he started forming an extensive collection of antiquities for sale to the British Museum but also on his own account. His first collection was acquired by the British Museum in 1823 after long negotiations. The second collection was therefore offered to the Louvre instead (sold 1825), a third collection was auctioned after his death in 1835. A fine Book of the Dead papyrus was acquired by Reuvens on that occasion.