Peter Harrington, the fabulous Chelsea-based book dealer, who has been my downfall many a day, currently has for sale some of C. E. Brock’s original watercolours for the 1907 edition of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.(They also have many other wonderful Austen related items:click here to see)

The 13 original signed illustration for the “Pride and Prejudice” were published in 1907 as part of the “Series of English Idylls” books by J. M. Dent & Co. The illustrations Brock created were a full and original revision of his previous illustrations for the edition of “Pride and Prejudice” published by Macmillan in 1895.

A Photograph of C. E. Brock circa 1928, from "The Brocks: A Family of Cambridge Artists and Illustrators" by Charles Skilton

A Photograph of C. E. Brock circa 1928, from “The Brocks: A Family of Cambridge Artists and Illustrators” by C. M. Kelly

Charles Edmund Brock, above, was elected as a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour in the year following the publication of these illustrations. Seen by some as too impossibly pretty, and presenting, perhaps, a chocolate-box image of Jane Austen’s world, I have a sneaking liking for these illustrations. I will be writing about Brock’s work in detail later in the year. But I thought you might like to see the illustrations currently on sale, and I am very grateful to all at Peter Harringtons, in particular Emilie Fournet, for all their help in developing this article.

The illustrations on sale include, below, Will you do me the honour of reading that letter:

Pride & Prejudice. Chapter XXXV. p. 13.

Pride & Prejudice. Chapter XXXV. p. 13.

And these rest of the illustrations are included in this gallery: do click on any of the images to enlarge it.