Frederick T W COOK

Frederick T W COOK RWA

The London-born artist spent every holiday painting in the West Country from an early age before studying at Hampstead School of Art. During the War he was an official fireman-artist.

In the late 1940s he and his wife, Anyon, settled in Polperro, Cornwall, where his studio overhung the harbour.  Initially painting in oils, he increasingly felt that gouache, when used loosely, "is the complete medium to portray the pulsating atmosphere in the starkest of moorland landscapes."


Painter in oils, who later favoured gouache for moorland landscapes

works and access

Access to Work: Imperial War Museum (nine works in oils purchased for the Nation); Plymouth; RWA

His war paintings were published in the Standard History of the Second World War; Time; Life; Studio and other papers.





Leicester Galleries

Redfern Galleries, London


STISA 1952 until beyond 1983

RWA (Associate)


Cornish Review;

Buckman (2006) Dictionary of Artists in Britain since 1945

Tovey (2003) Creating a Splash 

Tovey (2021) Polperro - Cornwall's Forgotten Art Centre - Volume Two - Post-1920, Wilson Books