Cocks appears to have been born about 1803 or 1804, the son of Edward Cocks, an architect. He married Anne Mace in Paddington on 8th January 1821, and they had a son, Edward George, later that year. Anne died, and in the 1841 census, Cocks was living in William Street, Kennington, with a common-law wife Sarah Cocks, née Marshall, whose age is stated as 25, and his son ‘George’, aged 15: he is noted as a ‘widower’ when he and Sarah, by then living in Hoxton, married at St John’s there on 21st February 1842. As a painter, Cocks’s fortunes appear to have been closely linked with Vauxhall Gardens, where he became principal artist by about 1830. Earliest mention of him there is of his painting six dioramic pictures of views on the Rhine which ornamented some of the walks in 1828, while his view of the Rialto Bridge, Venice, was displayed in the Saloon.

Text source: Art Detective


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