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Abraham Cooper

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For the rabbi, see Abraham Cooper (rabbi).

Abraham Cooper RA (1787–1868) was a British animal and battle painter.

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Young Abraham Cooper Criband Rosa 1811 Abraham Cooper - Tam O'Shanter Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth by Abraham Cooper Print, 1866, by Edward Hacker, after Abraham Cooper, RA,, shooting scene, UK Old Abraham Cooper Family grave of Abraham Cooper in Highgate Cemetery


The son of a tobacconist, he was born in Greenwich, London on the 8th September 1787. At the age of thirteen he became an employee at Astley's Amphitheatre, and was afterwards a groom in the service of Henry Meux, a brewer and later the first of the Meux baronets. When he was twenty-two, wishing to possess a portrait of a favorite horse under his care, he bought a manual of painting, learned something of the use of oil-colours, and painted the picture on a canvas hung against the stable wall. His master bought it and encouraged him to continue in his efforts. He accordingly began to copy prints of horses, and was introduced to Benjamin Marshall, the animal painter, who took him into his studio, and seems to have introduced him to the Sporting Magazine, an illustrated periodical to which he was himself a contributor.

In 1814 he exhibited his Tam O'Shanter, and in 1816 he won a prize for his Battle of Ligny. In 1817 he exhibited his Battle of Marston Moor and was made associate of the Royal Academy, and in 1820 he was elected Academician. Cooper, although ill-educated, was a clever and conscientious artist; his colouring was somewhat flat and dead, but he was a master of equine portraiture and anatomy, and had some antiquarian knowledge. He had a special fondness for Cavalier and Roundhead pictures.

He died on the 24th December 1868 and is buried at the top of the western side of Highgate Cemetery (plot no.830), against the north wall.


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