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Edward Carpenter

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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 market gardening and sandal-making. Influenced by Whitman and Socialism, 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, George Merrill, his rejection of conventional notions of social and sexual behaviour having a profound impact on such younger followers as E. M. Forster.

National Portrait Gallery, London

London

Title

Edward Carpenter

Date

1907

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 47.3 x W 43.8 cm

Accession number

3832

Acquisition method

Given by Richard Hawkin, 1952

Work type

Painting

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