Isaac Pocock was born at Bristol in 1782, the eldest son of the noted marine painter, Nicholas Pocock. He studied under George Romney, and later, after Romney’s death, under Sir William Beechey. He exhibited periodically at the Royal Academy, mostly portraits, from 1803 to 1818. In the latter year he inherited property at Maidenhead. Pocock started writing plays earlier, and his first piece, the farce “Yes or No”, was produced at the Haymarket Theatre in 1808. Charles Mathews acted the role of Dick Cypher, and the Garrick Club has a painting by Samuel de Wilde of him in this part (G0466). After Pocock came into his inheritance he devoted himself almost entirely to the drama.