English painter, illustrator and line artist, born in Holloway, London; died Cambridge. Brock received his first book commission at the age of 20 in 1890. He became very successful and illustrated the work of Jonathan Swift, William Thackeray, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens and George Eliot. he also contributed pieces to several magazines including The Quiver, The Strand and Pearsons.
Brock and his brothers maintained a Cambridge studio filled with various curios, antiques, furniture, and a costume collection. They owned a large collection of Regency era costume prints and fashion plates, and had clothes specially made as examples for certain costumes which members of the family would wear as models. In illustration Brock is best known for his line work, initially working in the tradition of Hugh Thomson, but he was also a skilled colourist. Only a small quantity of his paintings have been survived which is why their prices have been so high. Brock did not publish any work after 1910.
Unequivocally the most famous and valuable paintings in Brock’s career were his golf paintings – The Bunker; The Drive; and The Putt – all of which were painted in 1894 as part of the same series. These paintings were acquired together by a Japanese collector in 1991 for $1.5 million.
The sitter is believed to be a daughter of Johnston Forbes-Robertson, considered one of the finest actors of his time.