Item Carter MSS viii.2 - Howard Carter miscellanea: portrait of Howard Carter

Portrait of Howard Carter, painted by his brother William C. in 1924. Carter MSS viii.2

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Carter MSS viii.2


Howard Carter miscellanea: portrait of Howard Carter


  • 1924 (Creation)

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1 framed painting

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Biographical history

British artist. Born, Swaffham, Norfolk 1863. Died, London 1939. Brother of Howard C. Studied at the Royal Academy Schools and exhibited regularly at the RA from 1883.

Archival history

Recorded as having hung in the dining-room-study of Carter's London home. Bequeathed by Carter to his niece Miss Phyllis Walker.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented by Miss Phyllis Walker in 1958. In 1959, Miss Walker sent the portrait to William Holder & Sons, picture cleaners and restorers, Brook Street, London. The painting was transported directly from William Holder & Sons to the Griffith Institute in May 1959.

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Portrait of Howard Carter, oil painting by his brother William C., signed and dated '1924'.

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Property of the Griffith Institute. No restrictions.

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Copyright Griffith Institute, University of Oxford.

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  • Dimensions with frame: 139 x 111 cm
  • Oil on canvas
  • Signed and dated: 'William Carter 1924'
  • Gilded wood frame, perspex glazing

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  • Illustrated London News 31 January 1925, fig. on p. 177 [upper right]
  • Reeves, Nicholas 1990. The complete Tutankhamun: the king - the tomb - the royal treasure, fig. on p. 67 [upper right] (OEB 32978)
  • Reeves, Nicholas and John H. Taylor 1992. Howard Carter before Tutankhamun, p. 172 fig. on 173 (OEB 35284)
  • James, T. G. H. 1992. Howard Carter: the path to Tutankhamun, frontispiece (OEB 35269)
  • Griffith Institute, 2022. Tutankhamun: excavating the archive, fig. 3 on p. 13 (OEB 298597)

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  • The portrait was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1925. A photograph taken at that time shows a few subtle differences, which may be due to later restoration work as the painting was affected by water and smoke when Howard Carter’s London residence was damaged during the Blitz.

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