Thomas Sidney Cooper Biography | Oil Painting Reproductions

9-26-1803 Canterbury, ENG – 2-7-1902 London, ENG

Cooper, Thomas Sidney

As a little kid, Thomas Sidney Cooper began to show artistic talent, but the conditions of his family finances did not allow him to get any art training. When he was twelve years of age, he was already working in the shop painting coaches. Later he got a job as a scene painter and for eight years he worked these two jobs. Despite everything he felt a craving to end up an artist, and all his spare time was spent drawing and painting nature. Finally, at the age of twenty with the money he had saved up, he went to London, made drawings in the British Museum to improve himself, and was admitted as a student of the Royal Academy.

After his training, Thomas Sidney Cooper returned to Canterbury, where earned a living as a drawing teacher and by selling his sketches and drawings. In 1827 he moved to Brussels and married. Because of the upheaval of the Belgian Revolution, he returned to London. He displayed his first picture at the Royal Academy in 1833 the beginning of a long artistic career. When a competition was announced for the decoration for the new Houses of Parliament in 1847, Cooper submitted his painting, The Defeat of Kellermann's Cuirassiers and Carabiniers by Somerset's Cavalry Brigade at Waterloo, June 18, 1815, without much success.

Thomas Sidney Cooper is known for with paintings of steers or sheep, and he got the nickname 'Cow Cooper'. Cooper worked together starting in 1847 for thirty years with Frederick Richard Lee on several paintings, Lee painting the landscapes, and Cooper adding animals to finish the scene. He was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy in 1845 and Royal Academician in 1867. In 1901 Cooper received by the King in an audience, and appointed a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order.

Thomas Sidney Cooper was a great philanthropist in Canterbury and used some of his riches to build many Alms Houses for the poor. In 1882 he started an art school in Canterbury, in his home and studio. Called the Canterbury Sidney Cooper School of Art, the art school he started is still in operating today under the name the University of Creative Arts.

Art Movement: Realism.
He Traveled To Belgium.
Artist's Biography compiled by Albert L. Mansour at The World's Artist, with text adapted from Wikipedia.

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