William Henry Brooke (Dublin 1772 – 1860 Chichester)
A Seated Gentleman and a Lady with a Child in a Garden
Pen and black and brown ink, grey and blue wash, black ink framing lines, 106 x 70 mm (4.2 x 2.9 inch)
Private collection, USA
William Henry Brooke was the son of the painter Henry Brooke (1738-1806), and a nephew of the novelist and dramatist Henry Brooke (1703-1783), author of A Fool of Quality. William Henry was active in London and exhibited portraits and figure pieces at the Royal Academy between 1810 and 1826, but is best known by his illustrations for popular works, for instance those commissioned by The Satirist in 1812. The present sheet is likely to be a design for one of Brooke’s prints. A similar drawing by Brooke of A Lady Preventing a Knight from Slaying a Fallen Knight is in the British Museum, London.
1. 174 x 175 mm, with similar trials of the brush in several colours on the verso. Inv. No. 1957,0221.4.Request more information »