Thomas Brooks

(1818 - 1891)

Brooks was born in Hull and, like so many provincial artists, came to London at the age of twenty to train, first at Mr Sass’s Academy in Bloomsbury, and then at the Royal Academy schools as a pupil of Henry Peronnet Briggs, R.A., as historical genre painter He spent some years in Paris, studying much in the Louvre, before returning to Hull. He established himself as a portraitist; the submission of two paintings to the Royal Academy in 1844 and 1845 attracted such critical acclaim that he made the move to London . His 1845 exhibit, "The Village Student", a beautifully lit study of a boy reading, paid tribute to both Dutch 17th Century painting and its main English adherent: Sir David Wilkie.

Art Journal, 1872, pp. 197-9.
Artists of the Nineteenth Century & their Works, Clara Erskine Clement & Laurence Hutton, 1879.