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Edward Carpenter (1844-1929), Writer on social subjects

Sitter in 8 portraits
Writer and advocate of libertarian beliefs; after a brief career at Cambridge, worked as a University Extension lecturer in the north of England; settled at Millthorpe, Derbyshire, 1883, where he combined his literary work with the simple life of gardening and sandal-making. Carpenter's works include Towards Democracy, 1883-1902, England's Ideal, 1885, and Civilisation, its Cause and Cure, 1889. From 1893, he lived openly with his working class lover, his rejection of conventional notions of social and sexual behaviour having a profound impact on such younger followers as E.M. Forster. His book Homogenic Love (1895) advocated the acceptance of relationships between men.

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Edward Carpenter

by Roger Fry
oil on canvas, 1894
On display in Room 29 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2447


Edward Carpenter

by Alvin Langdon Coburn
gum platinum print, 1905


Edward Carpenter

by Henry Bishop
oil on canvas, 1907
NPG 3832


Edward Carpenter

by Elliott & Fry
photogravure, 1900s
NPG x12530


Edward Carpenter

by Fred ('F') Holland Day
black and white photogravure, 1900
NPG Ax45350


Edward Carpenter

by Alfred Mattison, copied by Emery Walker Ltd
copy glass plate negative, 1905
NPG x87106


Edward Carpenter

by Alvin Langdon Coburn
photogravure, 28 November 1905
NPG Ax7774


Edward Carpenter

by Unknown photographer
photogravure, 1887
NPG Ax45351

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