Hablot Knight Browne (1815 - 1882)

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Nicknames: "Phiz"
Birthplace: London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Death: Died in Steyning, West Sussex, England, United Kingdom
Occupation: Artist
Managed by: Anne-Marie Healy-Kalishoek (C)
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About Hablot Knight Browne

Hablot Knight Browne

Of Huguenot ancestry, Hablot Knight Browne was born in England, in Lambeth (near London) on Kennington Lane. He was the fourteenth of Catherine and William Loder Browne's fifteen children. According to Valerie Browne Lester, Phiz was in fact the illegitimate son of his eldest sister Kate and Captain Nicholas Hablot of Napoleon's Imperial Guard. There is some uncertainty regarding the exact date of birth. 12 July 1815 is the date given by Valerie Browne Lester, his great-great-granddaughter, and John Buchanan-Brown in his book Phiz!: illustrator of Dickens' world. Other possible dates are 11 June 1815 (Encyclopædia Britannica Eleventh Edition) and 15 June 1815 (Dictionary of National Biography).

When he was 7 years old, his father William Browne abandoned his family, changed his name to Breton and sailed with embezzled funds to Philadelphia where he became known for his watercolour paintings. William Browne was then declared dead by his wife Catherine.[1] Thomas Moxon, husband of William's sister Ann Loder Browne, helped to support the family, who were left badly off.

Browne was apprenticed to William Finden, an engraver, in whose studio he obtained his only artistic education. However, he was unsuited for engraving, and having during 1833 secured an important prize from the Society of Arts for a drawing of John Gilpin, he abandoned engraving in the following year and began other artistic work, with the ultimate object of becoming a painter.

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Hablot Browne's Timeline

July 12, 1815
London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
December 21, 1815
Lambeth St Mary
March 28, 1840
Age 24
London, Greater London, United Kingdom
Age 25
London, UK
Age 30
Walham Green, Middlesex, England
Age 34
Croydon, Surrey, England
July 8, 1882
Age 66
Steyning, West Sussex, England, United Kingdom