Browne, Hablot Knight (1815-1882)

Browne, Hablot Knight, 'Phiz,' was born at Kennington, London, 15th June 1815. He was apprenticed to a line-engraver, but soon took to etching and water-colour painting, and in 1833 gained a medal from the Society of Arts for an etching of 'John Gilpin.' In 1836 he succeeded Seymour and R. W. Buss as illustrator of Dickens's Pichwick; and his reputation was maintained by his designs to Nicholas Niclclehy, Master Humphrey's Clock, Martin Chuzzlewit, Dombey, David Copperfield, Bleak House, Little Dorrit, and A Tale of Two Cities. He also illustrated many of Lever s and several of Ainsworth's novels. He laboured for thirty years with unceasing activity, save ior occasional breaks during the hunting-season and a little travel. Struck with paralysis in 1867, he died at West Brighton, 8th July 1882 His son. Gordon F. Browne (born 1858), is well known as a book-illustrator. See Life by D. O. Thomson (1884); Phiz and Dickens, by Edgar Browne (1913).
1. Chamber's Biographical Dictionary, Philadelphia, 1926, page 140.

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