‘A Pair of Hare Coursing Scenes’
‘A Pair of Hare Coursing Scenes’
‘A Pair of Hare Coursing Scenes’
‘A Pair of Hare Coursing Scenes’
‘A Pair of Hare Coursing Scenes’
‘A Pair of Hare Coursing Scenes’

EDWIN COOPER (1785-1833)

‘A Pair of Hare Coursing Scenes’

1809 England

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Edwin Cooper (British, 1785-1833): Edwin Cooper was born in Bury St Edmunds in 1785. His father, Daniel, was a miniature portrait painter and the drawing master at Bury Grammar School and his mother, Martha, ran a school for young ladies. Cooper studied sculpture and drawing under his teacher, Martineau and, at the age of 21, he was a professional artist and an associate member at the newly formed Norwich Society of Artists. He exhibited four horse portraits in 1806, a subject which became his specialty, and he continued to exhibit at the Norwich Society until 1832. He was elected an honorary life member in 1817.

Cooper had a studio in Newmarket, where he worked with the artists Ben Marshall (1768-1835) and J.F. Herring. In 1810, Cooper moved to Beccles and he married Mary Ann Hindes on 19th December 1826. The following year, the couple moved to a house at Pudding Moor, Beccles. Cooper was a prolific artist, working in both oil and watercolour. He received regular commissions, which became larger and more adventurous as his career developed. His patrons included the Duke of Grafton, the Duke of York, Lord Grosvenor, Sir Thomas Gooch and Sir Thomas Astley. In 1803, Cooper exhibited at the Royal Academy for the first time. He exhibited an equestrian painting, commissioned by the Duke of York. He did not exhibit at the Royal Academy again until 1831, following a disagreement with the hanging committee over a work which they refused, alleging that it was a copy after George Stubbs. Cooper died at Beccles on the 9th January 1833, aged 46, and was buried at St Michaels, Beccles five days later.

Fox hunting and shooting game were both popular painting subjects at the time. Cooper signed and dated many of his works, or at least one of a pair, as he was often asked to do two or more scenes of the hunt. His works are housed in a number of collections including the National Trust at Calke Abbey; and the Yale Center for British Art.
Height 45.75 cm (18.01 inches)
Width 61.00 cm (24.02 inches)
Stock Code
Oil on canvas.
Both signed, inscribed and dated: ‘E. Cooper pinxit 1809’.
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