William Hookham Carpenter

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William Hookham Carpenter
William Hookham Carpenter by Margaret Sarah Carpenter (née Geddes).jpg
William Hookham Carpenter by his wife
EmployerBritish Museum
Spouse(s)Margaret Geddes

William Hookham Carpenter (1792–1866) was a British Keeper of Prints at the British Museum.


Carpenter was born in Bruton Street, London on 2 March 1792. He was the son of James Carpenter, a bookseller in Old Bond Street. In 1817 Carpenter married Margaret Sarah Geddes who was a noted portrait-painter, as Margaret Sarah Carpenter. He tried painting and publishing but eventually found employment as the Keeper of Prints at the British Museum. He purchased a number of notable drawings including some by Michelangelo and Raphael. Carpenter died at the British Museum.[1]

William and Margaret's children included two noted painters, another William and Percy Carpenter who both travelled.[2]


  1. ^ Carpenter, William Hookham (1887). "Carpenter, William Hookham" . In Stephen, Leslie (ed.). Dictionary of National Biography. 09. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
  2. ^ The Golden Temple at Amritsar, William Carpenter, Feb. 1854, Victoria and Albert Museum, ref IS.50-1882. Retrieved July 2010