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.
3 Jan 2005, 8:57 p.m. - Sjoerd
You get a nice impression of Coopers work if you follow this link:
4 Jan 2005, 3:44 a.m. - vicenzo
feed back to previous comment on the art world: http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1661/01/25/#annotations
and this medallion piece
9 Jan 2014, 3:55 p.m. - Bill
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.
28 Dec 2014, 8:22 p.m. - Bill
Cooper, Samuel, an English painter, born in London 1609. He was bred under his uncle Hoskins, but he gained so much from the works of Vandyck, that he was called Vandyck in little. His chief excellence was in the representation of the features of the head. His works were highly esteemed on the continent and he was intimately acquainted with the most celebrated painters of his age abroad. The king of France paid great attention to him when at Paris; but he could not obtain his Oliver Cromwell though he offered 150l. for it. His best pieces were, O. Cromwell and one Swingfield. He died in London 1672, aged 68, and was buried in St. Pancras' church. His elder brother, Alexander, was equally known as a limner. He went over to Sweden, and became painter to queen Christina.
---Universal biography. J. Lemprière, 1810.
One of the many portraits of Oliver Cromwell by Samuel Cooper: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Oliver_Cromwell_by_Samuel_Cooper.jpg
25 Oct 2019, 10:24 p.m. - Terry Foreman
Samuel Cooper (1609 – 5 May 1672), sometimes spelt as Samuel Cowper, was an English miniature painter, and younger brother of Alexander Cooper.
31 Mar 2021, 1:08 a.m. - San Diego Sarah
When Charles II learned Cosimo III, Grand Duke of Tuscany, wished to buy the miniatures the painter Samuel Cooper had left in his studio at his death in 1672, Charles intervened to claim a group of royal portraits.
They were taken to his cabinet rooms at Whitehall to join the large collection of miniatures and other small precious items Charles had both inherited and commissioned, but even so, as he wistfully told a visitor, the room contained ‘not half of what his father had owned’.
TRAVELS OF COSMO THE THIRD, GRAND DUKE OF TUSCANY,
DURING THE REIGN OF KING CHARLES THE SECOND (1669)-
TRANSLATED FROM THE ITALIAN MANUSCRIPT TO WHICH IS PREFIXED,
A MEMOIR OF HIS LIFE.
LONDON: PRINTED FOR J. MAWMAN, LUDGATE STREET.
22 May 2022, 8:46 p.m. - San Diego Sarah
As my previous post indicates, Cosmo, the future Grand Duke of Turin, visited with Samuel Cooper during his visit to London in the spring of 1669.
I've standardized the spelling of names I know, corrected scanning errors I could figure out, and increased the number of paragraphs. Sometimes I got confused making the N.S./O.S. date conversions, so I apologize if they are wrong:
8/18 April 1669. ... In the evening, the Marquis Guadagnini was sent with proper compliments to the Spanish ambassador, in return for those which his excellency had sent by one of his gentlemen, in the same manner as. the French and Venetian ambassadors had done.
There came to pay their respects to his highness, my Lord Richard Vaughan, son of the Earl of Carbury, president of the principality of Wales; my Lord Cavendish, Earl of Devonshire; Mr. Edmund Waller, equerry to the king; Sir J. Williamson; Captain Paulis; the Abbe Prignani; and [SAMUEL] Cooper and [JOHN MICHAEL] Wright, 2 celebrated painters of London, whose works are in the highest degree of estimation, both in and out of the kingdom.
A certain artist, named [SAMUEL] Cooper, had been strongly recommended to his highness for his skill in painting and his excellence in drawing to the life, with softness, expression, and distinctness. The same is one of the most cele\}f Sited and esteemed painters in London, and no person of quality visits that city without endeavoring to obtain some of his performances, to take out of the kingdom.
He resolved, therefore, to have his likeness taken by him; and for that purpose went on 22 May/1 June, 1669, with Gascoyne and Castiglioni, to the place were he worked. There he amused himself for a considerable time, till the first draught was begun, and then returned home, and, the table being spread, dined with the gentlemen of his retinue.
TRAVELS OF COSMO THE THIRD, GRAND DUKE OF TUSCANY,
DURING THE REIGN OF KING CHARLES THE SECOND (1669)
TRANSLATED FROM THE ITALIAN MANUSCRIPT
His highness, Cosmo, must be considered only as a traveler. Under his direction, the narrator of the records was Count Lorenzo Magalotti, afterwards Secretary to the Academy del Cimento, and one of the most learned and eminent characters of the court of Ferdinand II.
26 Jun 2022, 7:11 p.m. - San Diego Sarah
An amazing selection of Miniatures and their frames made during the 16th and 17th century -
Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.