Henry William Brewer

Henry William Brewer, Ludgate (from the West). 1895.
Henry William Brewer, Ludgate (from the West). 1895.

BREWER, Henry William (1836-1903) — London

Architectural illustrator. Known especially for his panoramic views and historical reconstructions, many reproduced in The Graphic, The Builder, and other periodicals.

Born in Oxford 7 Aug 1836, but baptised in London at St. Pancras 23 Mar 1837, Henry William Brewer was the son of John Sherren Brewer, the clergyman and historian later to become Professor of English at King’s College, London, and his wife Harriett Mary Nicholas, who had married in 1832. He attended school in Norwich and married Frances Mary Mottley (1842-1927) in Germany 7 Jul 1862. His older children were born in Bavaria. He was a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects. A frequent exhibitor at the Royal Academy and elsewhere from 1858 onwards. He also produced a series of views of London, showing the city in the time of Henry VIII, later published as “Old London illustrated”. He died 6 Oct 1903 and probate on effects of £1,490.10s. was granted to his widow 26 Oct 1903.

Well Walk, Hampstead — 1858-1861
Christchurch Road, Hampstead — 1862
Rolls House, Chancery Lane — 1863
3 Portland Road Villas, Notting Hill — 1864-1866
28 Portland Road, Notting Hill — 1869-1879
83 St. Quintin Avenue, Kensington — 1881-1903
19 Bonchurch Road, South Kensington — 1883-1885

BNA. Census 1841-1851, 1871-1901. COPAC. Engen (1985). Graves (1901) (1905). Houfe. Johnson (1975).