Book Contents

The first six chapters chronicle the life of Thomas Sidney Cooper and various aspects of his work, including his time as a drawing master, his animal subjects, the history of The Sidney Cooper Gallery of Art, and the theft and recovery of The Monarch of the Meadows.

Chronologically arranged Catalogue of datable paintings, watercolours and drawings giving titles, size, and provenance, and where applicable a description, details of exhibitions and collections, related works, relevant literature, engraved works and reproductions. The catalogue provides extensive information on the important pictures. Great care has been taken to correctly identify where pictures were exhibited. The introduction to the catalogue provides a guide to recognising genuine works by documenting the changes in his style and subject matter, examining the canvasses, panels and other artists' materials he employed, and providing facsimiles of his signatures and seals.

Monarch of the Meadows Etching, A Bull - Oil on paper, Study of a Bull's Head - Pencil by T.S. Cooper

The Index of Collectors lists persons known to have owned a work by Cooper before 1940, with their addresses (where known) and the Cooper pictures that belonged to them, and in many cases brief biographical information. This Index together with the list of dealers will be a valuable resource to all those researching the Victorian art world.

The Author

Kenneth Westwood is the acknowledged authority on Thomas Sidney Cooper. For many years he has acted as a consultant to the major auction houses, fine art dealers and galleries. He has assisted in the acquisition and cataloguing of major public and private collections of Cooper's work, including the world's most important at The Royal Museum and Art Gallery at Canterbury.

In 1991, he published a detailed study of Cooper's lithographic prints, which highlighted that hitherto neglected aspect of the artist's oeuvre. As an enthusiastic collector of Cooper's pictures, prints, letters and related material, he presents this long-awaited in-depth study, the result of over forty years' research.

"'Kenneth Westwood's study is very much a labour of love. He has meticulously checked primary sources at home and abroad and his research is exemplary."
- Brian Stewart. Curator of Falmouth Art Gallery.

'Thomas Sidney Cooper His Life and Work is truly Westwood's magnum opus bringing together the results of what in effect has been a life's work on the artist. It will help to re-appraise T.S. Cooper - no longer simply the "cow Cooper" of popular awareness, but one of the really significant artists of the Victorian age.'
- Ken Reedie. Curator of Canterbury's Museums and Galleries.

Book Details

The book is in two volumes. Size 310mm x 255mm. Printed on 150gsm high-quality Silk paper. 960 pages. ISBN 978-0-9568677-0-4.

Over 650 colour illustrations, many previously unpublished, including photographs and drawings from family albums. Bound in blue cloth, with dust-jackets, contained in matching cloth slipcase.