Harry Brooker was born 5.8.1848. His parents were Henry Brooker and Emma Hunt and when Harry was born the family was living at 29 Frederick St (Regent's Park).
Harry BROOKER married Edmee Isabel SHORT on 13.1.1877 at St. Philips, Kensington. Harry's occupation is "artist in oils". Edmee was the daughter of a builder William Benjamin Short who owned/rented 38/40 and 56 Earls Court Rd. They lived at no. 40 adjacent to her father, and close to 1a Childs Place where for a year or two Harry's father had a cooper's business and from where Harry submitted his earliest paintings. They had 6 children as follows
Edgar 17.3.1879 Earls Court Rd 18.4.1950 Tolworth
The West Kensington local directory lists Harry Brooker at 14 Shorrold's
Rd, Fulham from 1894 - 1919. Charles James MacLachlan (a cousin of Edmee's)
lodged with them for a time. In 1877 Harry Brooker exhibited in Manchester,
when for a while he and Edmee lived above a shop at 180 Lords St., Southport
& toured in Wales as tutor to someone (C.J. MacLachlan?). He may also
have exhibited in Liverpool (e.g., "The Fairy Tale"). A workfolder
sketches associated with "Oranges & Lemons" (now in the
Geffrye Museum) together with student drawings is in the possession of
Eileen Brooker, widow of Harry's grandson William Henry (son of Edgar).
In c1873 Harry may have sent paintings to Melbourne Australia while working
in the V & A (South Ken. Museum).