William Henry Brooke

Portrait of Robert Owen, now in the National Portrait Gallery.

William Henry Brooke (1772–1860) was a British artist and illustrator.


He was the son of the painter Henry Brooke and a nephew of Henry Brooke, the author of A Fool of Quality. He was a pupil of Samuel Drummond, and worked as a portrait painter.[1][2]

The anti-royal menagerie, from The Satirist, 1812. Print from the collection of the British Museum.

He exhibited portraits and figure subjects at the Royal Academy occasionally between 1810 and 1826, but is best known by his illustrations to books. He died at Chichester in 1860.


As an illustrator, Brooke was influenced by Thomas Stothard, a friend.[1] He contributed to Thomas Moore's Irish Melodies, Izaak Walton's Compleat Angler in the edition by John Major, Thomas Keightley's Mythology, and other works.[2]


This article incorporates text from the article "BROOKE, William Henry" in Bryan's Dictionary of Painters and Engravers by Michael Bryan, edited by Robert Edmund Graves and Sir Walter Armstrong, an 1886–1889 publication now in the public domain.


  1. 1 2 H. L. Mallalieu (1986). The Dictionary of British Watercolour Artists up to 1920. Antique Collectors' Club. p. 54. ISBN 1-85149-025-6.
  2. 1 2  Stephen, Leslie, ed. (1886). "Brooke, William Henry". Dictionary of National Biography. 6. London: Smith, Elder & Co.

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