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You get a nice impression of Coopers work if you follow this link:
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feed back to previous comment on the art world: http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1661/01/25/#annot…
and this medallion piece
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.
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_Cro…
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.
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