Henry Francis Herbert Thompson, 1859-1944
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.
http://www.oriental.cam.ac.uk/archive/thompson.html (accessed 2006.06.22).
how many etchings?