Samuel COOK

Samuel COOK

Born Camelford 1806. Probably the Samuel Cook baptised at Lanteglos by Camelford on 19 April 1807, son of Susanna Cook, who ran a bakehouse in Camelford. After a rudimentary education there, he was apprenticed to a woollen manufacturer. After his apprenticeship finished he moved to Plymouth in 1826. He worked for a house painter and decorator, a Mr Winsford of Frankfort Street. By 1841 although he was not at home at the time of the census his wife Elizabeth is described as the wife of a painter. He made an unsuccessful attempt to join the NWS in 1843. By 1851 he is describes as an artist. He became an associate of NWS in 1849 and a full member in 1854. In the same year he made a visit to Ireland. He painted extensively in Devon and Cornwall, mainly coastal scenes, harbours and wreckage. He is known to have worked in Polperro in the 1850s. He died in Plymouth on 7th June 1859. His younger son William COOK was also an artist.


Watercolour artist

works and access

Examples of his work can be seen at BM, V&A and Exeter Museum

His works include Trebarwith Strand, Sunset at Port Isaac


He exhibited 70 works at NWS


Associate NWS(RI) 1849:

Member NWS(RI) 1854


Antique Collectors Club (1976) Dictionary of British Watercolour Artists up to 1920 H L Mallalieu

Tovey, David (2021) Polperro - Cornwall's Forgotten Art Centre - Volume One - Pre-1920, Wilson Books