Sold! On the Block: Brock’s Illustrations for ‘Persuasion’

Sold at Christie’s London on June 2nd:  14 of C.E. Brock’s illustrations for Persuasion [plus J.M. Dent’s file copy of the 1909 edition of the novel!]


“I shall have no scruple in asking you to take my place, and give Anne your arm” ~ Volume II, Chapter XI (23)  [illustration from Molland’s]

Lot Description

BROCK, Charles Edmund, R.I. (1870-1938). A series of fine ink and watercolour drawings for Jane Austen’s Persuasion, 1909.

14 pen and ink and watercolour drawings including one for the title-page (most c.280 x 180mm) on paper (390 x 270mm), and later mounted on card. Provenance: J.M. Dent and Co. (sold, part lot 769, 19 June 1987, £33,000).

14 ORIGINAL DRAWINGS FOR AUSTEN’S PERSUASION published by J.M. Dent and Co. in 1909. Together with J.M. Dent and Co.’s stamped file copy, in the original cloth, of a 1909 edition of Persuasion in which the drawings were published. (15)

Estimate:   £7,000 – £9,000  ($10,108 – $12,996)   

Price Realized:   £10,000 ($14,710) [Price includes buyer’s premium]

Sale Information:  Christie’s Sale 7854 ,Valuable Manuscripts and Printed Books , 2 June 2010 , London, King Street

Click here for further information.

There are 23 illustrations + the title page in this edition of Persuasion, so this is not a complete lot – but still I would have been happy to add all this to my Austen collection! 

Further Reading:

*Visit Molland’s to view all of Brock’s illustrations: [these links are under “e-texts”]

Illustrations for Sense and Sensibility
Illustrations for Pride and Prejudice
Illustrations for Mansfield Park
Illustrations for Emma
Illustrations for Northanger Abbey
Illustrations for Persuasion

*Visit for more information on C.E. Brock.
*Keiko Parker’s
“Illustrating Jane Austen” in Persuasions 11 (1985)
Jane Austen’s World Blog on the Brock brothers


[Posted by Deb]