William Brooker enjoyed a long and successful teaching career, and among his students was Howard Hodgkin, who he taught at the Bath Academy of Art at Corsham. Hodgkin described his mentor as 'the only real teacher I ever had ... he made one feel that painting was a very important occupation. Quite unique. No one else seemed a bit like that. He was a great teacher' (see N. Wadley, exhibition catalogue, William Brooker Retrospective, Newcastle Polytechnic, 1987).