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H.M. Brock: Illustrations for Swahili bible etc.

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8267

Scope and Contents

The 102 drawings catalogued here are original pen-and-ink illustrations for books of Old and New Testament stories published for children. Each is drawn on card (11/12½ inches x 8½/10 inches), and signed by Brock, with a title in his hand (often the Biblical verse to which the drawing relates). Some were afterwards recycled as illustrations to a translation of the Bible into Swahili (28 of the 102 have been annotated by the printer for use in this publication).


  • 1900 (20th century)


Conditions Governing Access

Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The drawings were donated to Cambridge University Library in 1980 by G.O. Vinter Esq., who had acquired them some years earlier from the antiquarian bookseller Alan G. Thomas. The second part of the present catalogue lists Mr Vinter's correspondence concerning the drawings.

Related Materials

The University Library also holds a collection of artwork, papers and photographs of H.M. Brock, his brother and fellow-illustrator Charles, and other members of the Brock family, bequeathed by H.M. Brock's son B.H. Brock Esq. in 2005 (MS Add.9721).

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Repository Details

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