1785 - 1833

Edwin Cooper

Born at Nottingham on 2 January 1785, and baptised at St James’s church, Bury St Edmund’s on 30 August 1792, eighth child of Daniel Cooper [q.v.], a miniature painter and drawing master at Bury Grammar School, and his wife Martha née Hockley, his sister was Anne Cooper [q.v.]. He studied sculpture and drawing under an obscure teacher, Martineau and at the age of 21, was a professional artist and an associate member at the newly formed Norwich Society of Artists, exhibiting four horse portraits in 1806, which became his speciality and continued to exhibit until 1832. He may have also had a studio at Newmarket where he worked with such artists as Ben Marshall (1768-1835) and J F Herring but about 1810, he moved to Beccles where in 1817 he purchased a house in the New Market. He married at Beccles on 19 December 1826, Mary Ann Hindes and the following year the couple moved to a substantial house at Pudding Moor, Beccles, they had no children. A prolific artist working in both oil and watercolour, his patrons included the Dukes of Grafton and York, Lord Grosvenor, Sir Thomas Gooch and Sir Thomas Astley. He exhibited an equestrian painting at the Royal Academy in 1803 but then not again until 1831, following a falling out with the hanging committee over a work the alleged was a copy of George Stubbs. Cooper painted cock-fighting scenes including ‘The Set To’ and ‘The Death’ dated 1816 and ‘Brightelmstone Races’ (1804). He died at Beccles on the 9 January 1833, aged 46 and buried at St Michaels, Beccles five days later.

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