EDWARD WILLIAM COOKE R.A., F.R.S. (1811- 1880)
Attribution by the Fine Art Society
“Shipping off the Mouth of the Thames”
5 ¾” x 8 5/8” (145mm x 220mm)
Overall framed size 14 3/8” x 16 7/8” (365mm x 430mm)
Edward William Cooke was a painter in oil, watercolour, engraver and etcher who also produced many fine pencil drawings of mostly marine subjects but also landscape and river scenes. He was the son of George Cooke and the nephew of W.B. Cooke, the two famous engravers who worked for Turner. He was making wood engravings of plants for publication by the age of 9 of which some were used to illustrate Loudons Encyclopaeda of Plants and Loddidgs Botanical Cabinet and at the age of 14 he was employed by the Marine Artist Clarkson Stanfield R.A. to draw details of ships and rigging for him who encouraged him to take up painting in oils. At 17 he started drawing and etching scenes for “65 Plates of Shipping and Craft” which was published in 1828 and 1829. He began to study architecture under Augustus Pugin but gave it up to paint. Between 1835 and 1879 he exhibited 129 paintings at the Royal Academy, of which he was a Member and 115 at the British Institution. He travelled widely visiting France, Scandinavia, Holland, Egypt, Belgium, Ireland, Italy, Spain and Germany. His work can be found in the collections of the National Maritime Museum, the Tate Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Ashmolean Museum, Yale Centre for British Art, Leicestershire Art Gallery and Museum, Walker Art Gallery Liverpool, the Royal Academy, Manchester City Art Gallery, Ferens Art Gallery, Castle Cornet, Royal Holloway University of London, Norris Museum, Kirklees Museum and Art Gallery, Touchstones Rochdale, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museum, Sheffield Museum, Dover Collections, Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Wigan Arts and Heritage Service, Grimsby Fishing and Heritage Centre, Somerset County Council, Royal Cornwall Museum, Sudley House, Guildhall Art Gallery, Bury Art Museum, Sheffield Museum, National Trust Craigside, Salford Museum and Art Gallery, the Courtauld Gallery, North Lincolnshire Museum and the Russell Cotes Art Gallery and Museum.