Autograph collector: George Gery Milner-Gibson-Cullum

George Gery Milner-Gibson Cullum (1857-1921) of Hardwick House, Bury St Edmunds was High Sheriff of Suffolk 1888 and Mayor of Bury St Edmunds 1913-14. He amassed a large library and shared the passion of many of wealth for autographs, being a vice-president of the Society of Archivists and Autograph Collectors.  His autograph collection is now held in Trinity College Library.

Although quite miscellaneous, the collection is particularly strong on European nobility. 37 popes are also represented as are 20 presidents of the USA.  It covers the 15th century through to the 20th.  A small selection follows below:

Marguerite of Angoulême (11 April 1492 – 21 December 1549), princess of France, Queen of Navarre and Duchess of Alençon and Berry

Marguerite_d'AngoulêmeCullum A.42_3 front (Marguerite of Angouleme)







Pope Gregory XIII (7 January 1502 – 10 April 1585), commissioner and namesake of the Gregorian Calendar

Gregory_XIIICullum F.VI.62_1 front (Pope Gregory XIII)







Elizabeth I (7 September 1533 – 24 March 1603) , queen of England and Ireland

Cullum E.129/7 front (Elizabeth I)









Oliver Cromwell (25 April 1599 – 3 September 1658), Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland

Cullum E.79_1 (Oliver Cromwell)









Louis XIV (5 September 1638 – 1 September 1715), King of France and Navarre

Cullum A.130_1 back (Louis XIV)








Napoléon Bonaparte (15 August 1769 – 5 May 1821), Emperor of the French

The Yorck Project: 10.000 Meisterwerke der Malerei
Credit: The Yorck Project: 10.000 Meisterwerke der Malerei

Cullum D.1_1 (Napoleon Bonaparte)









John Constable (11 June 1776 – 31 March 1837), English Romantic painter

ConstableSelfPortraitCullum H.II.51_1 (John Constable)







Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865), 16th president of the United States

photographer Alexander Gardner, 8 November 1863
Credit: photographer Alexander Gardner

Cullum F.VI.26_3 (Abraham Lincoln)








Georges Bizet (25 October 1838 – 3 June 1875), French composer

Cullum H.I.44_1 (Georges Bizet)









Edward Lear (12 or 13 May 1812 – 29 January 1888), English artist, illustrator, author and poet

Cullum H.V.75_1 front (Edward Lear)









Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson, FRS (6 August 1809 – 6 October 1892), Poet Laureate of Great Britain and Ireland

Carte de Visite
Credit: Carte de Visite

Cullum P.38_2 (Alfred Tennyson)








William Ewart Gladstone (29 December 1809 – 19 May 1898), British liberal politician, Prime Minister

Williams GladstoneCullum N.94.7_8 back (William Gladstone)







Oscar Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900), Irish writer and poet

ca. 1882 Library of Congress
Credit: Library of Congress

Cullum Q.49.1 back (Oscar Wilde)








Mark Twain, real name Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910), author and humorist


Cullum P.17_1 (Mark Twain)









Source of Milner-Gibson-Cullum text: Janus

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