The New International Encyclopædia/Becker, Wilhelm Gottlieb

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BECKER, Wilhelm Gottlieb (1753-1813). A German archæologist and author, born at Oberkallenberg, Saxony, and educated at Leipzig. He became professor at the Ritterakademie, in Dresden, in 1782. In 1795 he was appointed director of the Dresden Gallery of Antiques, and of the Coin Cabinet, and in 1805 he was also intrusted with the superintendence of the celebrated Green Vault. He published Augusteum, Dresdens antike Denkmäler enthaltend (1832-37), with 162 engravings, Zweihundert seltene Münzen des Mittelalters (1813), and a large number of popular handbooks of art.