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Brook House, Hackney

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Hackney (drawn)
    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1797 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Malcolm, James Peller, born 1767 - died 1815 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Hon. Arthur Villiers

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case Z, shelf 17, box III

Physical description

Print depicting Brooke House, Hackney.

Place of Origin

Hackney (drawn)
Great Britain (made)


1797 (made)


Malcolm, James Peller, born 1767 - died 1815 (artist)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

Malcolm del et s / Publish'd June 1st 1797 by J. P. Malcolm Somers Town


height: 5.375 in, width: 8.25 in

Object history note

Brooke House (formerly known as King's Place) was built in the late 14th century. It was once owned by King Henry VIII, and in 1536/7 was the setting for Henry's reconciliation with his daughter Mary. It was also owned by Thomas Cromwell, Ralph Sadler and Henry Carey, nephew of Anne Boleyn, and in the 17th century passed to the Greville family (the Barons Brooke) who renamed it Brooke House. It became a private mental asylum in 1759, and was demolished by Hackney Council in the 1950s after suffering bomb damage in World War 2.

This object was part of the John Edmund Gardner collection of topographical prints and drawings of London. After Gardner's death the collection passed to his son Edmund Thomas, but was sold to Edward Coates MP in 1910. The collection was sold again in 1923 after Coates' death, and was split between various institutions and private collectors. The portion connected with Hoxton, Homerton, Hackney and Bethnal Green was bought by the Hon. Arthur Villiers and donated to the Bethnal Green Museum.

Descriptive line

'Brook House, Hackney', engraving, J. P. Malcolm, 1797

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Taken from departmental handlist.

Production Note

Second state. The sky has been altered considerably from the first state (E.4688-1923).


Paper (fiber product)



Subjects depicted

Houses; Rural areas; Architecture


Architecture; London history; Prints


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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