Gordon Browne

Painter and illustrator Gordon Frederick Browne (1858–1932) was born on 15 April 1858 in Banstead, Surrey. His father, artist Hablot Knight Browne (1815 – 1882), is responsible for illustrating many of Charles Dickens novels under the pseudonym “Phiz.” Gordon Browne was educated at The Heatherley School of Fine Art in Chelsea, London, as well as at Royal College of Art in South Kensington. He exhibited at the Royal Academy, Royal Institute of Painters in Water-colours, the Royal Society of British Artists, the Royal West of England Academy, and Suffolk Street. In 1896 Browne was elected to the Royal Institute of Painters in Water-colours. He was a prolific book illustrator, but perhaps most remembered for illustrating adventure fiction novels by G. A. Henty, Robert Louis Stevenson, Andrew Lang, E. F. Benson, and, of course, H. Rider Haggard. Browne also contributed to periodical publications such as The Quiver, The Illustrated London News, The Sporting and Dramatic News, Cassell’s Saturday Journal, Cassell’s Family Magazine, The Boy’s Own Paper, The Girl’s Own Paper, The Pall Mall Magazine, The Sunday Strand, Black and White, Good Words, Lika Joko, The Saturday Journal, The New Budget, Chums, and The Captain. Browne died 27 May 1932 in Richmond, Surrey.

Further Reading


Houfe, Simon. “Browne, Gordon Frederick RI 1858–1932” The Dictionary of British Book Illustrators and Caricaturists 1800-1914. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors’ Club, 1981. 245. Print.


Lester, Valerie. Phiz: The Man Who Drew Dickens. London: Chatto & Windus, 2004. 103, 150, 169, 199-200, 207, 216. Print.


Waters, Grant M.. “Browne, Gordon Frederick , R.I., R.B.A. (1858–1932).” Dictionary of British Artists Working 1900- 1950. Eastbourne: Eastbourne Fine Art, 1975. 49. Print.

Illustrations by Gordon Browne



Itsfoamcassellsmagazine29 Its foam began to return seawards, sucking him with it. Benita [The Spirit of Bambatse]. Cassell's Magazine, vol. 41, no. 1. December 1905
Likea42 Like a stranded fish upon the shingle.. Benita [The Spirit of Bambatse]. 1st UK edition. 1906
Lossofcassellsmagazine284 Loss of nerve... caused his foot to slip. Benita [The Spirit of Bambatse]. Cassell's Magazine, vol. 41, no. 3. February 1906
Lossofspirit136 Loss of nerve... caused his foot to slip. Benita [The Spirit of Bambatse]. The Spirit of Bambatse, 1st US edition. 1906

Meyerwas336 Meyer was disarmed and bound fast to a tree.. Benita [The Spirit of Bambatse]. 1st UK edition. 1906
Meyerwascassellsmagazine657 Meyer was disarmed and bound fast to a tree. Benita [The Spirit of Bambatse]. Cassell's Magazine, vol. 41, no. 6. May 1906
Noliecassellsmagazine660 'No lie,' he screamed, 'no lie,' as he dragged the stuff out and smelt at it. Benita [The Spirit of Bambatse]. Cassell's Magazine, vol. 41, no. 6. May 1906
Nomorecassellsmagazine663 'No more shall the white witch stand upon the pillar point'. Benita [The Spirit of Bambatse]. Cassell's Magazine, vol. 41, no. 6. May 1906

Nowbegancassellsmagazine642 Now began Benita's terrible time. Benita [The Spirit of Bambatse]. Cassell's Magazine, vol. 41, no. 6. May 1906
Nowgoodbye210 'Now good-bye, and go on.'. Benita [The Spirit of Bambatse]. 1st UK edition. 1906
Onthecassellsmagazine289 On the cemented floor lay great numbers of shrouded forms. Benita [The Spirit of Bambatse]. Cassell's Magazine, vol. 41, no. 3. February 1906
Shehadcassellsmagazine397 She had come here with a purpose. Benita [The Spirit of Bambatse]. Cassell's Magazine, vol. 41, no. 4. March 1906