H. M Brock

Henry “Harry” Matthew Brock (1875–1960), also known as H. M Brock, is an illustrator and watercolor painter. Brock was born in Cambridge, England on 11 July 1875. Harry and his brothers Charles Edmund Brock (1870–1938) and Richard Henry Brock (b. early 1870s) were prolific British illustrators. The Brocks exhibited at the Royal Academy and the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours. In 1906 Harry was elected to the Royal Institute. Harry established his reputation in 1895 by illustrating Captain Frederick Marryat’s swashbuckling adventure novels. In addition to book and periodical illustration Harry was involved in theater. He painted several commissions for D'Oyly Carte Opera Company as well as cigarette cards depicting Gilbert and Sullivan characters. Brock married Doris Joan Pegram and they had three children, Margaret, Joan, and Bevis. Brock died In Cambridge on 21 July 1960.

Further Reading


Rogerson, Ian. "Brock family (per. c.1895–1960)." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press, 2004. Web. 11 Oct 2013.


Kelly, C. M. The Brocks: A Family of Cambridge Artists and Illustrators. London: C. Skilton, 1975. Print.


Houfe, Simon. The Dictionary of British Book Illustrators and Caricaturists, 1800-1914. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors’ Club, 1981. Print.


Waters, Grant M.. “Brock, Henry Matthew R.I. (1875–1960).” Dictionary of British Artists Working 1900- 1950. Eastbourne: Eastbourne Fine Art, 1975. 45. Print.

Illustrations by H. M Brock



Hereshe114 'Here she is!' yelled one of them. The Mahatma and the Hare, A Dream Story. 1st Edition. 1911
Imade103 I made my last double. The Mahatma and the Hare, A Dream Story. 1st Edition. 1911
Isaw79 I saw a line of men walking towards me. The Mahatma and the Hare, A Dream Story. 1st Edition. 1911
Myisnt129 'My! Isn't she a beauty?'. The Mahatma and the Hare, A Dream Story. 1st Edition. 1911

Ohmy63 'Oh! My Beauty,' he said, 'so I have found you at last'. The Mahatma and the Hare, A Dream Story. 1st Edition. 1911
Thedogs121 The dogs rushed about. The Mahatma and the Hare, A Dream Story. 1st Edition. 1911