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Christina Riggs

Christina Riggs, a fellow of All Souls, is professor of history of art and archaeology at the University of East Anglia.

‘Mr Five Per Cent’

Christina Riggs, 18 April 2019

Calouste Gulbenkian​ didn’t acquire his astonishing fortune by wasting time. The day after the fifth Earl of Carnarvon died in a Cairo hotel room in April 1923, struck down either by sepsis or the curse of the pharaohs, Gulbenkian was on the phone to the Paris branch of Duveen Brothers, dealers in art and antiquities. He wanted to know what was going to happen to Carnarvon’s...

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