Maurice Walter Brockwell (1869-1958) was an art writer and art lecturer. He was born on 24 May 1869, the eldest son of Canon J C Brockwell. He was educated at St Paul's Cathedral Choir School and Hurstpierpoint, Sussex.
Brockwell's professional life included assisting Sir Charles Holroyd, Director of the National Gallery, in re-writing the official catalogues of the National Gallery. He was also Librarian and Secretary in Florence to Mr B Berenson, 1910-11; Assistant Secretary of the Exhibition of Old Masters at Grafton Galleries, 1911; Honorary Secretary for Great Britain and Ireland of the Van Eyck Memorial Fund, Ghent, 1913; Secretary of the Exhibition of Spanish Old Masters at Grafton Galleries, 1913; Curator of the Cook Collection, Richmond, 1920-1939; Secretary of the Flemish Exhibition, Burlington House, 1927; English correspondent to the Gazette des Beaux Arts; University Extension Lecturer (Cambridge).
In addition to his professional posts, Brockwell was the author and editor of numerous art history books and catalogues. His publications include: Leonardo da Vinci, 1908; The National Gallery: Lewis Bequest, 1909; The National Gallery: 100 plates in colour, 1909; The 'Adoration of the Magi' by Jan Mabuse, 1911; Famous Botticelli for America: What the Nation lost, 1912; The Van Eycks and their Art, 1912; Frans Hals: His Life and Work, 1914; Catalogue of the Cook collection, Richmond, 1915; Erasmus: Humanist and Painter, 1918; Catalogue of the Henry E Huntington Art Gallery, San Marino, California, 1925; Official catalogues of Flemish exhibitions, Burlington House, 1927 and 1953; George Jameson and some primitive Scottish painters, 1939; The Pseudo-Arnolfini Portrait, a case of mistaken identity, 1953; The Van Eyck Problem, 1954.
He also contributed to several journals and publications including The Morning Post, The Times, Athenaeum, Connoisseur, Gazette des Beaux Arts, Art in America, The Library and Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenden Kunstler.
Brockwell's personal interests included research work, foreign travel and 'the quest for efficiency'. He was a member of the Athenaeum club. He died aged 89 on 7 December 1958.