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Henry Francis Herbert Thompson, 1859-1944

Nationality: British
Date of Birth: 2 April 1859
Place of Birth: London
Place of Death: Bath


Sir Henry Francis Herbert Thompson succeeded to the baronetcy in 1904.


Educated at Marlborough and Trinity College, Cambridge, BA, 1881, he became a barrister, but turned to medicine and studied at University College, London, until his eyesight was damaged by working with a microscope.

He then studied Egyptology with Flinders Petrie, Francis Griffith and Walter Crum at University College, and became a Lecturer there from 1915-16, and then a Fellow. He worked on Demotic papyri in the British Museum and, with Crum, on the publication of a Coptic dictionary. He supported archaeological digs.

He bequeathed his working library to the Egypt Exploration Fund and rare books to the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. He left a legacy to establish a Chair in Egyptology at Cambridge University. His papers are in the Faculty of Oriental Studies in Cambridge.

He also owned some Whistler etchings.

Bibliography: (accessed 2006.06.22).

how many etchings?