Thomas Sidney Cooper (1803 Canterbury - 1902 London)
Material: Oil on panel
Dimension: 20 x 30,5 cm
Thomas Sidney Cooper was born at Canterbury, Kent. As a child he began to show strong artistic inclinations, but the circumstances of his family did not allow him to receive any systematic training. By the time he was twelve years old, he was working in the shop of a coach painter. Later he obtained a job as a scene painter; and he alternated between these two occupations for about eight years. He still felt a desire to become an artist, and all his spare moments were spent drawing and painting from nature.
T.S.Cooper at the British Museum
At the age of twenty he went to London, drew for a while in the British Museum, and was admitted as a student of the Royal Academy. Then he returned to Canterbury, where he was able to earn a living as a drawing-master and by the sale of sketches and drawings. In 1827 he settled in Brussels and married; there he met Eugène Joseph Verboeckhoven. Because of the Belgian Revolution he returned to London, and by showing his first picture at the Royal Academy (1833) began an unprecedentedly prolonged career as an exhibitor.