Felix Slade (Biographical details)

Felix Slade (legal; collector; British; Male; 1790 - 1868)

Also known as

Slade, Felix; Slade, Charles Felix


Walcot Place (now part of the Kennington Road), Lambeth, London


Solicitor and collector. His father, Robert Carpenter, was a bookseller and publisher and his mother, Eliza, was heiress to the Foxcroft estate in Yorkshire. As well as his great bequests of glass, prints, ceramics and Japanese ivories to the British Museum, he left funds to set up Professorships of Fine Arts at the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, and London; the bequest to London also covered scholarships for students and provided for the establishment of the Slade School of Art.

He prepared the 'Slade Catalogue' of his glass collection which was edited after his death by A.W. Franks (q.v.) and published in 1869 (reprinted 1871) with a misleading title-page beginning with the title 'Notes on the History of Glassmaking by Alexander Nesbitt, FSA' and thus authorship of the entire catalogue is often mis-attributed to Nesbitt.

The only known portrait of Slade is a drawing by Margaret Sarah Carpenter, dated 1851, in the Department of Prints & Drawings at the BM (1874-3-14-1).


DNB; Lugt 2290-2291
Antony Griffiths (ed.), 'Landmarks of Print Collecting', London: BMP, 1996, pp.113-122, for his bequest of prints to the BM (register 1868,0822.1 to 8853).
Hugh Tait, "Felix Slade (1790-1868)", 'The Glass Circle Journal' 8, pp. 70-87, for a discussion of Slade's bequest of glass to the BM.