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Henry Brooke (1738-1806)

Henry Brooke was born in County Cavan, Ireland, the son of a Church of Ireland clergyman and nephew of Henry Brooke, author of The Fool of Quality. He trained as an artist in Dublin and in 1761 exhibited with great success in London. After six years in England Brooke returned to Dublin, but lost his savings soon after through a bad investment. His painting continued to attract some praise and was principally employed in the decoration of Roman Catholic chapels. He also produced work on mystical/mytholgical themes, a reflection of his own spiritual taste.

Brooke began to correspond with John Wesley in 1762 and joined the Methodists three years later. He frequently entertained Wesley during his visits to Dublin and was a minor benefactor of Wesley's will.

He married Anne Kirchoffer in 1767. She was a correspondent of the female evangelist Mary Fletcher.

Source: Dictionary of Evangelical Biography, edited by Donald Lewis (1995) and Dictionary of National Biography

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