Lovett was born in Croydon and worked for the Bank of Scotland in London, rising to the level of chief cashier. He was an avid collector especially of objects collected from working class areas of London, and amulets and other objects related to superstition, as well as writing and lecturing on his collections. He is also said to have made collections in Belgium and Holland. He curated the exhibition 'The Folklore of London', held in the Wellcome Historical Medical Museum in 1916. He donated many objects to museums including the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford and the Horniman. During the late 1880s he was President of the Croydon Natural History and Scientific Society. After joining the Folklore Society in 1900, he presented talks to the Society and published papers in its journal. His work 'Magic in Modern London', was published in 1925.
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1852 — 1933
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Petch, Alison, nd. Edward Lovett. Oxford: Pitt Rivers Museum. [online] Available at: <http://england.prm.ox.ac.uk/englishness-Edward-Lovett.html> [Accessed 18 February 2015] (Edward Lovett's collecting discussed in 'Edward Lovett' (Petch, ndb).)
Sage, James D., 1980. Lovett. Dissertation. New York
The Cuming Museum, 1987. Edward Lovett & London superstitions. Information sheet 14
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