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Dawson, W. and Uphill, E. (1995). Who Was Who in Egyptology. Third Edition, revised by Bierbrier, M.L., Egyptian Exploration Society, London.
Seidmann, Gertrud (2006). The Rev. Greville John Chester and ‘The Ashmolean Museum as a Home for Archaeology in Oxford’. Bulletin of the History of Archaeology, vol 16, issue 1
Andrews, Emma B.Journal on the Bedawin, Volume 1 : 1889-1890.
Andrews, Emma B.Journal on the Bedawin, Volume 3 : 1894-1895.

Biographical Text

In Volume 3 of her diaries, Emma describes Mr. Chester as a man who had been wintering in Egypt for the past 20 years and knew a great deal about the area. He also accompanied the travel party for some time in 1890 (volume 1), offering advice on the purchase of antiquities and commentary on dealing with customs houses. An Oxford-educated clergyman, Chester retired from the cloth for health reasons in 1865 and began his travels. His frequent visits to Egypt and the Near East and tenacious bargaining skills led him to collect antiquities and papyri which he gave to the Ashmolean and Fitzwilliam Museums, amongst others. He published articles on Coptic Churches in Egypt, as well as rock drawings and epigraphy. His most important work was the Catalogue of the Egyptian Antiquities in the Ashmolean Museum, which Petrie greatly admired.

Birth Date

25th October 1830



Death Date

23rd May 1892


English clergyman, collector, author of archaeological articles


Chester, G. J. (1855). A Brief Account of the Painted Glass in Wells Cathedral. Somerset Journal of the
Archaeological and Natural History Society: 125–130.
Chester, G. J. (1856). Poems. London: Bell & Daldy.
Chester, G. J. (1869). Transatlantic Sketches in the West Indies, South America, Canada and the United States.
London: Smith Elder & Co.
Chester, G. J. (1880). A Journey to Biblical Sites in Lower Egypt, in PEFQS: 133–158. London: Palestine
Exploration Fund.
Chester, G. J. (1881a). Catalogue of the Egyptian Antiquities in the Ashmolean Museum. Oxford: Parker & Co.
Chester, G. J. (1881b). Notes on the Present and Future of the Archaeological Collections of the University of
Oxford. Oxford UK: Shrimpton & Son, London Simpkin Marshall & Co.
Chester, G. J. (1883). Ella Cuthulin and Other Poems, Old and New. London: M. Ward & Co.

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