List of Artists → Thomas Sidney Cooper
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.