Oil/canvas, 77 x 108 cm, lo. le. sign. T. Sidney Cooper RA 1880, rest. - One of the most important English animal painters from a family of artists, for economical reasons he made an apprenticeship as carriage painter before studying at the Royal academy in London in 1824 for a short period, by painting portraits of landlords he funded a trip to Brussels where he, inspired by E. Verboeckhoven, started painting animals, back in London he developed into a sought-after painter who among others made friends with Gladstone a. Dickens a. whose work was admired by Turner. - Mus.: London (Tate Gall., V&A Mus., Wallace Coll.), Cambridge (Fitzwilliam-Mus.), Birmingham, Canterbury, Manchester, Sheffield a. others. - Lit.: Boetticher, Saur, Thieme-Becker, Bénézit a. others.