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 Cumberbatch, Dr. A.E.

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Dr. Alphonso Elkin Cumberbatch (1847-1929) F.R.C.S, M.B., was an eminent aurist. He was trained at St Bartholomew's Hospital, gaining his MB in 1871 and his Fellowship in 1872. He was a specialist surgeon at Barts and was in private practice at Queen Anne Street and then 11 Park Crescent, Portland Place, London W. In his later years he moved to Great Sarratt Hall, Herts.

Cumberbatch was a patron of the V&A, purchasing a Kakiemon bowl for the Museum from S M Franck in 1914 (C104-1914). A note in The Antique Collector(1935-36) refers to the collection being dispersed in 1918 and the collector’s label on the Burrell items indicates that the dealer Frank Dickinson handled the sale of the collection, which contained over 480 objects.

Manuscript sources:
V&A Archive, Nominal File MA/1/C3471.

Published sources
The Times, 'Obituary' 26 March 1929, p.21.
‘The Antique Collector’, volume VI, 1935-36, p.172.
Burlington Fine Arts Club, ‘Exhibition of Early Chinese Pottery and Porcelain, 1910’, 1911: Case G/8, H/6, H/12, H/16, H/18, H/28, H/30, H/33.
Burlington Fine Arts Club, ‘Catalogue of a collection of objects of Chinese Art’, 1915: Case K/165.
Christie’s, 12 June 1929, ‘Catalogue of old Chinese porcelain, the property of the late A.E. Cumberbatch Esq., of Great Sarratt Hall, Herts.; and others. : Cumberbatch collection of enamelled & monochrome porcelains, 63 lots of porcelain & 4 rugs.
City of Manchester Art Gallery, ‘Catalogue of an exhibition of Chinese Applied Art: bronzes, pottery, porcelains, jades, embroideries, carpets, enamels, lacquers, etc.’, 1913.

Who:
Collector, Dr. A.E. Cumberbatch

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