January 23, 2014

Frank Cadogan Cowper | Pre-Raphaelite Painter | 1877-1958

Frank Cadigan Cowper was considered to be the last of the Pre-Raphaelites who was born in the year 1877 and died in 1958. Frank Cadogen was born in Wicken, Northamptonshire and was a son of an author and early pioneer of coastal cruising in yachts, Frank Cowper. His grandfather was Rector of Wicken. Frank studied art at St John's Wood Art School in 1896 and later went on to study at the Royal Academy Schools from 1897-1902. 

It was in the year 1899 when Frank first exhibited at the Royal Academy and achieved critical success two years later with his An Aristocrat answering the Summons to Execution, Paris. In the year 1902, Frank Cowper spent six months studying under Edwin Austin Abbey and then he  started travelling to Italy. He worked in both the coloring mediums namely watercolours and oils/ Frank also worked as book illustrator - providing the illustrations for Sir Sidney Lee's The Imperial Shakespeare. He contributed to a mural in the Houses of Parliament in 1910 along while working with Byam Shaw, Ernest Board and Henry Arthur Payne. Later Franks art style changed as art fashion changed Cowper increasingly exhibited his portrait paintings but still continued to produce historical and literary works. He retired from London to Gloucestershire. His The Ugly Duckling was voted the favourite painting by visitors to the Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum in 2005. Have a look at some the beautiful works of Frank:

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