Winlock William Crawford Winlock Alice Jul-1844 Munroe, Helen Daughter April 1872 Winlock Herbert E. Feb 1884 Isabelle Dau Feb 1886 Peyton Son Jul 1890
After George A. Reisner and James H. Breasted, certainly Herbert Eustis Winlock was one of the greatest American Egyptologists active during the first part of the Twentieth Century. Nearly a generation younger than the other two American pioneers in the field, he did not outlive them by many years (Breasted fifteen, Reisner eight), dying relatively early, a few days short of his sixty-sixth birthday. Winlock's name is forever linked with the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, being employed as he was by that institution for his entire professional career. It was through his work over a quarter century with the Museum's Egyptian Expedition - first as a team member and then as field director -that a great many of the Met's excavated art objects and artifacts came into its extensive Egyptian collection. That so much monumental sculpture of Hatshepsut is known today is due in large part to Winlock's excavation successes at the female pharaoh's Deir el Bahari morturary temple.
Born in Washington, D.C., on February 1, 1884, Herbert was the son of William Crawford Winlock and his wife Alice (née Broom). The elder Winlock was assistant secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, so young Herbert grew up in a household with a certain museum bias, it might be supposed. He took his undergraduate degree at Harvard, graduating in 1906. His area of study was Egyptology and his particular mentor was Albert M. Lythgoe, who at the time was associated with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, as that institution's first curator of Egyptian art. Lythgoe singled Winlock out as especially promising (he was an A student), and in 1905 invited the young man to go with him to Egypt to excavate, following his graduation the next year.