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Name of Object:

Portrait of Claudius Rich


London, United Kingdom

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The British Museum

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Painting 22


United Kingdom


Rich was the East India Company’s first Resident in Baghdad. He was a talented linguist. In his spare time he explored ancient sites, producing the first proper plans of Babylon and Nineveh. He hosted important travellers to Iraq, searching for sites of Biblical relevance. In 1821 he died during a cholera outbreak in Shiraz. His collection formed the nucleus of the British Museum’s collection.

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"Portrait of Claudius Rich" in "Sharing History", Museum With No Frontiers, 2022. https://sharinghistory.museumwnf.org/database_item.php?id=object;AWE;uk;1;en

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