Sunday, August 17, 2008

Abraham Cooper

[Hunters and Terriers by a Barn, in a river landscape]
oil on canvas
1787 - 1868.
London sporting, battle and historical painter. Largely self-taught though had a few lessons from Benjamin Marshall. At the age of 13 he was with Astley's Circus - managed by his Uncle. He became very proficient at painting Horses. Exhibited at the RA and elsewhere. Became known as the pre-eminent painter of battle scenes but also specialised in painting race horses. Frederick Herring Snr was one of his pupils as did William Barraud.

[Richard I at the Battle of Ascalon]
Oil on canvas

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