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THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
THOMAS SIDNEY COOPER
Cooper was trained in the Royal Academy Schools, in 1827 he became a teacher in Brussels and friend of the Belgium animal painter Verboeckhoven, who influenced his style as did the Dutch, seventeenth-century painters. He returned to London in 1831 and he exhibited for the first time at the Royal Academy from 1833, showing continuously, 266 pictures in total, until his death in 1902, a record for continuous exhibiting at the Royal Academy.
It has often been overlooked that a percentage of these exhibits were watercolours, many on a similar scale to lot 114. Lot 114 displays his photographic attention to detail, characteristic of his work of this period and lots 115-117 show his developing technique from the 1830s through to the 1880s.
We are grateful to Kenneth J. Westwood for his help in preparing the catalogue entries for lots 114-117.