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THOMAS SIDNEY COOPER RA
Three Cows resting in a Canterbury Meadow nr, Fordwich, Kent.
The Great Stour River and Fordwich Church are in the distance.
Painted around 1870.
Painter in oil and watercolour. Encouraged by Abraham Cooper (q.v.), no relative, and Sir Thomas Lawrence. He entered the Royal Academy Schools. In 1827 he became a teacher in Brussels, and a friend of the Belgian animal painter Verboeckhoven who greatly influenced his style, as did the Dutch School of the 17th C. In 1831 he settled in London and first exhibited at Suffolk Street in 1833. Cooper Exhibited 48 pictures at the British Institute between 1833 and 1863. 1833 was the first of a series of exhibits shown at the Royal Academy until 1902, without a break – a record for continuous exhibiting at the Academy. Sheep or cattle were his constant subjects. Between 1848 and 1856 he painted the cattle in numerous landscapes by Frederick Lee (q.v.), and also the animals in landscapes by Thomas Creswick (q.v.). After 1870 his commissions were so constant and lucrative that he was tempted to yield to facile repetition of his favourite themes, but the quality and competence of his style only began to decline in the 1890’s, by which time he was an old man. His studio sale at Christie’s lasted three days April 12-15 1902.
|Height||26.00 inch||(66.04 cm)|
|Width||33.00 inch||(83.82 cm)|
Mitchell Studio Gallery
258 Station Road