John Leigh Philips

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John Leigh Philips
Born 1761
Died 1814
Residence Manchester, England
Occupation Manufacturer
Known for Library and art collection

John Leigh Philips (1761-1814), was a manufacturer in Manchester, England. After his death, his natural history collection was bought by a group of wealthy men who in 1821 set up the Manchester Natural History Society. The Society's museum later became the Manchester Museum.[1]

Philips was related to the family of textile manufacturers who operated various businesses in the Manchester area and was himself involved in the textile industry.[2] He is known to have purchased natural history illustrations produced by the likes of John Abbot.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "History". University of Manchester. Retrieved 17 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Papers of John Leigh Philips". The National Archives. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 

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