Edward William COOKE

Edward William COOKE RA, FRS

The outstanding British marine artist of his time, Edward Cooke came from a family of engravers that included his father George COOKE and uncle William Bernard COOKE. In 1835 he began to exhibit oils at the Royal Academy, and his paintings remained a feature of its Exhibitions for 45 years.

Cooke was particularly attracted by the Isle of Wight, and on his formative visit in 1835 made a thorough study of its fishing boats and lobster pots.  Above all, he delighted in the beaches strewn with rocks of various kinds, fishing tackle, breakwaters and small timber-propped jetties. Tovey mentions his sketching of storage bunkers on the beaches in October of 1848.  Though little is known at present about his visit(s) to Cornwall, his works include a number of local subjects. A sale of his works was held at Christie's in 1861, and his studio sale was in May 1880.


Painter of landscapes and coastal subjects; marine artist

works and access

Likenesses of the Artist: Edward William Cooke, image courtesy of Don Kurtz http://www.artrenewal.org/pages/search.php

Works include: Steeple Rock; Kynance Cove, Lizard, Cornwall; Low Water; The Pier and Bay Of St Ives, Cornwall (1853); View Of St Agnes, Scilly Isles; The Undercliff at Bonchurch, Isle of Wight (1858); Coast Scene (at RCM, Truro)


Royal Academy 1835-1880



ARA 1851 (Elected 3 Nov 1851)

RA 1863 (Elected 18 Dec 1863)


misc further info



Dictionary of National Biography

Munday (1996) E W Cooke, A Man of his Time 

RA Directory of Membership

Public Catalogue Foundation (2007) Cornwall & Isles of Scilly: Oil Paintings in Public Collections

Tovey (2009) St Ives: Social History

Wood (1995) Victorian Painters (bibl)

Woodbridge Antique Collectors (Bibliography & Catalogue of work)

Art Renewal Centre (on-line)