Watercolor on Paper
Titled, signed and dated July 6th 1902, both front and verso (in pencil)
39 Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
24 Royal Society of British Artists
20 Royal Society of Artists Birmingham
19 Royal Academy
8 Royal Cambrian Academy
4 Fine Art Society
3 Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolor
Image size: 9.5” x 13.75”
HUBERT COOP, RBA, 1872-1953
Hubert Coop was born at Olney, Buckinghamshire, the son of the Rev. Thomas Coop and was educated in Birmingham and
Wolverhampton. He started work as a draughtsman at a railway carriage works near Birmingham and was later engaged in business
His paintings both in oil and watercolor, tend to fall into two groups: those painted quickly out of doors, and those painted in the studio
in more detail.
He specialized in landscape and coastal views
including some scenes on the River Thames.
Hubert Coop was elected a Member of the Royal Society of British Artists at the early age of 22; also exhibiting at the Royal
Academy from 1897 onwards, as well as at many of the leading
London and Provincial Galleries.
Painting in Wales, Yorkshire, Kent and the Midlands he moved down to the West Country (Bideford) in 1920 and lived in "Goats Hill
House", Goats Hill, Northam, where he produced many local scenes He remained there 'because he enjoyed the subjects he found on
the estuary, the river valleys and the neighborhood, and his paintings inevitably captured the clear beauty and colour he saw there.'
(Bideford Gazette 1953). In Bideford he helped to promote the development of the visual arts, and became Vice - President of what is
now the Westward Ho! and Bideford Art
Throughout his life he amassed a fine collection of paintings, porcelain and antiques, and because he felt that there was a special
appreciation of the arts in Bideford, he left his collection to the town, provided that it would be 'properly housed'. He was eventually
instrumental in assisting Thomas Burton, Mayor, Alderman, Freeman of the Borough, and philanthropist, to build the Burton Art Gallery
in memory of his daughter, Mary, who died in 1949.
Hubert Coop died in 1953 aged 80. In his obituary in the Bideford Gazette, January 1953, it was said: ' His generosity in connection with
the starting of the Burton
Gallery will be a lasting reminder’.
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