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Hormuzd Rassam (1826–1910) by Lock & Whitfield, pubd 1881 © National Portrait Gallery, London


Rassam, Hormuzd (1826–1910), archaeologist and civil servant, was born in Mosul, Mesopotamia, then within the Ottoman empire, afterwards in northern Iraq. He was the youngest son and eighth child of Antun and Theresa Rassam, who were members of Mosul's Christian Chaldean community, his father being archdeacon of the uniate ...