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Carpenter, William Hooker

British, 1792 - 1866


William Hooker Carpenter's father, James Carpenter, was a well-known bookseller with a shop on Bond Street in London, dealing largely in art books. William, a close friend of the painter John Constable, set up his own bookselling establishment in Lower Brook Street, but his business failed and he rejoined his father. His wife, Margaret Sarah Geddes, was a portrait artist and her sister Harriet married William Collins, R.A. Carpenter was appointed Keeper of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum in 1845, and kept this position until his death in 1866.


Beckett, R. B., ed. John Constable's Correspondence, vol. IV: Patrons, Dealers, and Fellow Artists. (Suffolk, 1966): 132-152.

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