BROCK, William

1874 - c.1935

William Brock, was born at St John's Wood, London on 7 April 1874, one of the several children of Sir Thomas Brock (1 March 1847-22 August 1922), R.A., sculptor, and his wife Mary Hannah, only child of Richard Sumner, his father Thomas was famous for his statue of Queen Victoria, fronting Buckingham Palace. In 1881, a 6 year old, living at 30 Osnaburgh Street, St Pancras, London with his parents, 34 year old Thomas and 29 year old Mary Hannah, with six siblings, Tom Gilbert 9, Jessie 8, Catherine Sumner 5, Hugh James 4, Harold 2 and newly born Frederick. William studied at the Royal Academy Schools and at the École des Beaux Arts in Paris. A landscape and animal painter who exhibits at the Royal Academy 1897-1914, including in 1897 ‘An Orchard Corner in Somersetshire’ and in 1898 ‘Weeds and Waste’. He also exhibited at the Paris Salon; the Fine Art Society and Liverpool Walker Art Gallery from 30 Osnaburgh Street, London 1897 and 1905 and from Eire and France in 1904. By 1901, the family had moved to 1 Mapesbury Road, Willesden, Middlesex, where William is noted as a 26 year old 'artist painter' as was his brother, 20 year old Charles, and in 1911 they were living at 'Merrie Weather', Mayfield, Sussex. William moved to Waldringfield, Suffolk from where a member of Ipswich Art Club 1927-1930 and exhibited in 1927 from Sea View, Waldringfield, Woodbridge, an oil 'The Deben, near Woodbridge' and two watercolours 'The Deben by Moonlight' and 'To Sin's Rebuke and my Creator's Praise'. He signs his works 'W. Brock' followed by a date. He is noted in 'Contemporary British Artists 1929' as Capt. William Brock of Sea View, Waldringfield and there are two William Brocks serving in the Devonshire Regiment, which cause confusion and a later date of his death has been given as 1953, but that William Brock was a 'general labourer'.

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