Carter's home at 19 Collingham Gardens

Carter’s home at
19 Collingham Gardens

Howard Carter

Dates: 1874 - 1939

Profession: Exploration

Address: 19 Collingham Gardens, SW5

Dates at address: 1921 - 1930

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Carter’s early life certainly gave no hint of his future. Born to artist Samuel Carter and Martha Joyce he was raised to be an artist. A sickly child, he lived a protected life never attending a normal school. This made it all the more surprising that he ever went to Egypt.

Becoming a draftsman for Flinders Petrie at seventeen, Carter’s first Egyptian experience involved drawing reliefs at various digs. This resulted in his surprise selection for chief inspector of antiquities in 1899. A huge success, he mounted efforts to excavate, restore and preserve numerous sites until problems in 1905 resulted in his resignation. Then in 1909 he was introduced to George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon, and the most famous treasure hunt in history began. Under the Earl’s patronage, Carter’s excavations met with mixed results until, in 1922, he discovered the untouched tomb of Tutankhamun. The dig created a media frenzy and produced some incredible items. Carnvarvon’s death meant Carter never finished the dig.

Carter was born and died in the borough. His parents lived in Rich Terrace in Brompton and he was trained in the local artist commune. He later stayed in Collingham Gardens during his holidays from Egypt. He died in Albert Court, Kensington Gore and conspiracy enthusiasts still blame the mummy’s curse for his mysterious illness.