After attending Carey’s Art School in Bloomsbury, London, he entered the Royal Academy Schools in London in 1874. He subsequently worked primarily as a portrait painter. Between 1876 and 1935 he was a frequent exhibitor at the Royal Academy in London. He also exhibited at the Grosvenor Gallery, New Gallery, Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, and Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours in London; Royal Birmingham Society of Artists; Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts; Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool; and at Manchester City Art Gallery. Cope was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy (ARA) in 1899; a Royal Academician (RA) in 1910; and a member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters (RP) in 1900.

Text source: Arts + Architecture Profiles from Art History Research net (AHRnet)

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