Edward William Cooke
R.A., F.R.S., F.Z.S., F.S.A., F.G.S.
(27 March 1811 - 4 January 1880)
His paintings generally represent views on the Thames, the Medway, and the English coast; but they also include scenes from Holland and France, and even so far afield as Morocco and the lagoons of Venice.
Dutch Boats in a calm. 1844. In the National Gallery.
Cooke, Edward William, R. A. (Brit.) Born in London, 1811. Son of a well-known English engraver. His first professional work was for book illustrations and a series of etchings of river and coast scenery. Has devoted himself to marine-painting, executing his first picture in oil in 1832. Has sketched and painted in Holland, France, and Italy. He was elected Associate of the Royal Academy in 1851, and Academician in 1864, when he exhibited "Scheveling Pincks running to Anchor off Yarmouth," his diploma work. In 1866, he exhibited "Dutch Boats on the Dollart Zee"; 1870, "A Calm Day on the Scheldt" 1871, "A Bit of English Coast"; 1872, "Hastings Luggers coming ashore in a Breeze"; 1876, "A Zuyder-Zee Fishing-Haven"; 1877, "A Bit of Bonchurch in the Olden Time"; 1878, "A Dutch Galliot aground on a Sand- Bank" and "Fishing Lugger coming ashore in a Gale."
Of Cooke's earlier works, his "Dutch Boats in a Calm," exhibited at the British Institute in 1844, and his "Boat-House" (both in the Vernon Collection), are now in the National Gallery, London. His "Brighton Sands," "Lobster-Pots," "Portsmouth Harbor," and others, are in the Sheepshanks Collection. His "Goodwin Lightship" was at the Centennial Exhibition of 1876, and belongs to Thomas Brassey, Esq., M. P.Artists of the Nineteenth Century and their Works; A Handbook containing Biographical Sketches. By Clara Erskine Clement and Laurence Hutton, 1879.