Alfred Egerton Cooper (1883-1974) - Mid 20th Century Watercolour, Cliff Copse
DescriptionA delicate and finely composed watercolour by the well-known listed artist Alfred Egerton Cooper (1883-1976), depicting a cliffside with a copse of trees. On watercolour paper laid to board. Signed.
There is some light scattered foxing to the surface. Otherwise in good condition.
31.1 x 46.6cm (12.2" x 18.3")Sheet: 33.6 x 49.5cm (13.2" x 19.5")
Alfred Egerton Cooper (1883-1974) was a painter, born in Tettenhall, near Wolverhampton, he attended Bilston School of Art and the RCA, London from he graduated in 1911. While still a student, Cooper entered a competition for which John Singer Sargent was one of the judges. Impressed by the young Cooper’s work, Sargent invited Cooper to work with him at his studio in Tite Street, Chelsea which had belonged to James McNeill Whistler. Cooper was to spend about a year with Sargent assisting the Master with backgrounds and details for his paintings.
Egerton Cooper specialised in portraits, figure subjects and landscapes, exhibiting at the Manchester City Art Gallery, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, RA, Chenil Gallery, GI, RBA, RSA the Paris Salon and elsewhere. He served in the Artists' Rifles, 1914-18 during which time the sight in one eye was impaired by chlorine gas. At the end of World War I Cooper was however appointed as Official War Artist to the RAF. He became an expert in the art and technique of large scale aerial camouflage, sketching and painting landscapes from a variety of aircraft. Some of his work is in London's Imperial War Museum, some in Wolverhampton Art Gallery and in the NPG. In 1940 he painted a portrait of George VI and his portrait of Winston Churchill, painted in 1943, was widely reproduced. Cooper was elected an Associate of the RBA 1921 and a full member two years later. He was largely responsible for the revival of the Chelsea Art Society which during World War II had remained dormant.
|Artist||Alfred Egerton Cooper (1883-1974)|
|Date||Mid 20th Century|
|Dimensions||31.1 x 46.6cm|
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