Sir Caspar Purdon Clarke (1846-1911), Museum director and architect; Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Sitter in 4 portraits
Sir Caspar Purdon Clarke, museum director and architect, studied architecture at the National Art Training Schools. In 1867 he was employed by the works department of the South Kensington Museum (now the Victoria and Albert Museum). In 1880 he arranged the Indian collections at South Kensington, after which he became keeper of the India Museum at South Kensington. He rose to become the museum's director in 1896. Clarke's most renowned architectural commission was the Indian hall at Elvedon, Suffolk, commissioned in 1899 by Edward Cecil Guinness, first Earl of Iveagh. In 1905 he moved to New York as director of the city's Metropolitan Museum. Clarke retired and returned to England in 1909.
by Sir (John) Benjamin Stone
platinum print, 5 July 1905