Leonard Leslie Brooke (1862-1940) was an English artist and prolific illustrator of children’s books. He had a traditional artistic education at the Royal Academy Schools, but really found his best artistic expression in illustration, as he was a master of pen and ink drawing and could there best express his sense of fun and character, especially through his depiction of animals.
His skillful and witty illustrations in Andrew Lang's “Nursery Rhyme Book” (1897) established his reputation as a leading children's book illustrator of pen-and-ink line drawings and watercolors. His acclaimed works include “Johnny Crow's Garden” (1903), "Ring O' Roses", "The Golden Goose Book", “Johnny Crow's Party” (1907), “Johnny Crow's New Garden” (1935), "The Nursery Rhyme Book", and "Oranges and Lemons" published by Frederick Warne & Co.
We were even lucky enough to acquire a number of his originals, some of which you see in this blog.