Harry Rountree

Harry Rountree (26 January 1878[1] – 26 September 1950)[2][3] was a prolific illustrator working in England around the turn of the 20th century. Born in Auckland, New Zealand,[4] he moved to London in 1901, when he was 23 years old.[3]

Harry Rountree
Born(1878-01-26)26 January 1878
Died26 September 1950(1950-09-26) (aged 72)
Stella Stewart (m. 19061950)


Harry Rountree was born in 1878 to Irish banker, Stephen Gilbert Rountree (5 November 1851 - 9 September 1918)[5] and Julia Bartley (24 December 1851 - 29 October 1930), the niece of prominent New Zealand architect Edward Bartley[6].

Rountree was educated at Auckland’s Queen’s College.

Rountree is noted for his illustrations of British golf courses and golfing caricatures.[7] Rountree moved to England in 1901 intending to forge a career on the then-flourishing magazine and book market. For two years he attempted to commissions. In 1903, the editor of the magazine 'Little Folks' gave Rountree a commission to illustrate a story. It was after this commission that Rountree's career began to flourish and he became in demand illustrator. Rountree's work features in publications such as; The Strand, Cassell's, Pearson's, The Sketch, The Illustrated London News, Playtime, Little Folks, and many others.[8]

During the First World War, he served as a captain in the Royal Engineers.[3]

Rountree produced well-liked cartoons for the magazine Punch from 1905 to 1939, and also created advertising, posters and book illustrations for writers such as P. G. Wodehouse and Arthur Conan Doyle. [9]


Largely forgotten, Rountree died in St Ives, Cornwall in 1950. He was survived by his wife and two children.

Selected works

  • S. H. Hamer, Harry Rountree, Archibald's Amazing Adventure, Or, The Tip-top Tale (London: Cassell and Co., 1905)


  1. 1939 England and Wales Register
  2. "Deaths". The Times. London, England. 27 September 1950. p. 1. ROUNTREE; On Sept. 26, 1950, at the West Cornwall Hospital, Harry Rountree, Artist, of St. Ives and Saltings, Lelant, Cornwall, beloved husband of Stella and father of Gilbert and Lynda.
  3. "Mr. Harry Rountree". The Times. London, England. 27 September 1950. p. 6.
  4. 1911 England Census
  5. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Rountree-186
  6. http://localhistorybartley.blogspot.com/2015/05/julia-bartley-and-steven-rountree.html
  7. Bernard Richard Meirion Darwin, Harry Rountree (illus). The Golf Courses of the British Isles, published by London: Duckworth, 1910, via Internet Archive
  8. http://www.bpib.com/rountree.htm
  9. http://punch.photoshelter.com/gallery/Harry-Rountree-Cartoons/G0000w42TuJoZgTg/
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