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
Born 1792
Died 1866
British Museum
Nationality British
Employer British 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. 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