Henry French

Little is known about the painter and illustrator Henry French (fl. 1868-1875). Between 1872-75 he resided at Kentish Town. French exhibited at the Royal Society of British Artists. He was a prolific illustrator of books and serials, contributing illustrations to the 1871 Dickens Household Edition of Our Mutual Friend. His illustrations appeared in London Society; The Sunday Magazine; Good Words for the Young; and The Chandos Poet.

Further Reading


Houfe, Simon. “French, Henry fl. 1868-1875.” The Dictionary of British Book Illustrators and Caricaturists 1800-1914. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors’ Club, 1981. 310.

Illustrations by Henry French



Ihadharper1887frontispiece 'I had rather lose my life than lose you.'. Dawn. 1st US edition. 1887
Dawnmaxwellfrontispiece 'I had rather lose my life than lose you'. Dawn. 1st 1-Volume Edition. 1887
Shehadmaxwellfrontispiece She had been reading to him, and the book lay idle on her knees.. The Witch's Head. 1st One-Volume UK edition. 1887