John Charles Bromley
(1795 - 1839)
(1800 - 1838 )
Sons of the steel engraver, William Bromley. John Charles attained a higher place than his brother, owing, perhaps, to his longer and more robust life, for James died when he was only thirty-seven, having in that time produced a number of very commendable plates, principally portraits, while his brother, John Charles, directed his efforts to subject pictures, such as "The Trial of Lord William Russell," after Hayter, "Lady Jane Grey Refusing the Crown," after Leslie, and "Entry of Wellington into Madrid," after Hilton. Many of his plates are produced in the mixed method, for he lived and scraped during the period when steel was used in preference to copper.
JOHN CHARLES BROMLEY, (1795-1839): Mezzotint engraver, born in Chelsea, son of prominent engraver William Bromley. He was the first of William Bromley's sons to achieve reputation as an engraver, engraving plates for River Scenery after Turner and Girtin in 1826, and exhibiting at the Royal Academy in 1827 and 1829. In 1830, he engraved 'The Trial of Lord William Russell' after Sir George Hayter, and in 1837, he published his mezzotint of Haydon's 'The Reform Banquet'.
-- King George IV, 1827
Mr. John Charles Bromley. April 3, 1839. Aged 44, of water on the chest, Mr. John Charles Bromley, Engraver in Mezzotint, second son of Mr. William Bromley, A.E.R.A. and brother to James. To lose two sons so highly gifted in the prime of their lives and in full possession of their talents, is an affliction of no ordinary kind. A few of Mr. J. C. Bromley's works are as follows:
Mr. Bromley in his earlier works frequently put his initial of 'John' only to his name; but in his later productions he signs his name John Charles Bromley. Mr. J. C. Bromley has left a widow and large family: fortunately, a great part of them are grown up. One of his sons, Mr. Frederick Bromley, has lately executed a plate in mezzotint, entitled, 'Meeting of Her Majesty's Stag-hounds on Ascot-heath' (F. Grant print). This plate, which is an animated scene, enriched with numerous portraits, gives a fair earnest that Mr. F. Bromley will succeed to a large portion of that talent which has so long distinguished his family.
JAMES BROMLEY (1800 - 12 December 1838), mezzotint-engraver, was the third son of prominent engraver William Bromley, A.R.A. [q. v.], the line-engraver. Little is known respecting his life. Plates in mezzotint of, 'Earl of Carlisle, when Lord Morpeth, after Carrick; 'Falstaff,' after Liversege; 'La Zingarella,' after Oakley. He exhibited twelve of his works at the Suffolk Street Gallery between 1829 and 1833.
He is best remembered as the engraver of several of Hayter's portraits of prominent public figures.
Mr. James Bromley. Dec. 12, 1838. In his 38th year, Mr. James Bromley, Engraver in Mezzotint. He was the third son of Mr. William Bromley, A.E.R.A. and Member of the Roman Academy of St. Luke. Of a constitution naturally delicate, he sunk under the effects of disorders, incident to a sedentary occupation. He was much esteemed for the qualities of his head and heart; and has left numerous testimonials of his talents as an artist. Mr. James Bromley died unmarried.
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