Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
Samuel Cooper (from L&M Companion)
(1609-72) Miniaturist. He lived in Henrietta Street, Covent Garden c.1650-72. His cousin Jack was the son of John Hoskins, the uncle from whom Cooper seems to have learnt painting. Cooper was said to be one of the best lutenists of his day.
You get a nice impression of Coopers work if you follow this link:
feed back to previous comment on the art world: http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1661/01/25/#ann...and this medallion piecehttp://4.1911encyclopedia.org/C/CO/COOPER_SAMUE...
Samuel Cooper was a disciple of his uncle Hoskins, who, though one of the best painters of his age in miniature, was far exceeded by his nephew. He is called The Vandyck in little, and is well known to have carried his art to a greater height of perfection than any of his predecessors. His excellence was limited to a head. He died in 1672, in the 63d year of his age. His wife was sister to Mrs. Eadith Pope, mother of our celebrated poet.---A Biographical History of England. J. Granger, 1775.
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