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A breath-taking display of artworks from the fine art collection at Cooper Gallery. From a dramatic hurricane by Eugene Isabey to a delicate view of the Tigris by David Muirhead Bone, enjoy being swept away or simply glide through more of Barnsley’s excellent art.

11 artworks
  • A River Scene

    Lucas van Uden was a well-known Flemish landscape painter, draughtsman and engraver. He lived and worked in Antwerp. Van Uden was inspired by the works of Peter Paul Rubens, one of the most highly regarded artists of the Flemish Baroque tradition.


    This oil painting is of a landscape scene with a river running through and cascading over rocks in the foreground. There is a clump of tall trees on the left and three figures in the bottom left corner.


    Oil on canvas
    Donated by S J Cooper in 1913.

    A River Scene
    Lucas van Uden (1595–1672)
    Oil on panel
    H 21.5 x W 29.5 cm
    The Cooper Gallery
    A River Scene
    Photo credit: The Cooper Gallery

  • Fishing Boats at a Town Quay by Eugene Louis Gabriel Isabey

    Eugene Isabey was well known in the 19th century for his dramatic marine views. He was appointed court painter to King Louis Phillippe and was also an official painter to the French Navy. Mr and Mrs Cooper were particularly fond of Isabey’s work and often visited him in his studio whilst he was staying in Paris.


    This watercolour painting depicts a group of fishing boats close to the shoreline. In the distance, a lighthouse can be seen.


    Watercolour on paper


    Donated by S J Cooper in 1913.


    Fishing Boats at a Town Quay by Eugene Louis Gabriel Isabey
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    Photo credit: The Cooper Gallery

  • Coast Scene with Windmills

    Oil painting of a landscape, there is a small boat with a mast placed very centrally, a number of windmills on the horizon and a building with trees to the left hand side. Jongkind was a Dutch printer and painter who is considered as one of the forerunners of Impressionism because of his handling of paint. He had some support from a number of French art critics but was never commercially successful in his own lifetime.

    Coast Scene with Windmills 1873
    Johan Barthold Jongkind (1819–1891)
    Oil on canvas
    H 23 x W 30.5 cm
    The Cooper Gallery
    Coast Scene with Windmills
    Photo credit: The Cooper Gallery

  • A View near Dort After JMW Turner

    The British oil and watercolour artist JMW Turner painted a view of the river near Dort in 1818 which was later exhibited at the Royal Academy. It was bought by Walter Fawkes, a Yorkshire MP and landowner. An unnamed 19th century artist was inspired by Turner’s work and produced this similar painting which was eventually bought by Samuel Cooper.


    Watercolour on paper


    Donated by S J Cooper in 1913.


    A View near Dort After JMW Turner
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    Photo credit: The Cooper Gallery

  • A Bavarian Lake with Fishing Boats

    Eugene Ciceri was the son of Pierre-Luc-Charles Ciceri, a French stage designer. He was also the nephew of marine painter Eugene Isabey and received his initial art training from both. Ciceri later shared a studio with Isabey, and it is possible that Samuel Cooper met him on one of his visits. Later, he was influenced by the Barbizon School.


    The Barbizon School was an informal group of landscape painters who lived around Barbizon and worked in the forest of Fontainebleau. This movement particularly inspired the Impressionists.


    Oil on canvas
    Donated by S J Cooper in 1913.

    A Bavarian Lake with Fishing Boats 1877
    Eugène Cicéri (1813–1890)
    Oil on panel
    H 31.5 x W 46 cm
    The Cooper Gallery
    A Bavarian Lake with Fishing Boats
    Photo credit: The Cooper Gallery

  • Le Petit Pont, Paris by Charles Meryon

    Charles Meryon was a well-known French etcher and printmaker. During the 1850s, he produced a series of images of Paris. Meryon worked almost entirely in etching above any other medium due to his colour blindness.


    This etching of a city scene in Paris depicts Le Petit Pont over the river Seine and the cathedral of Notre Dame on the left.


    Etching on paper


    Le Petit Pont, Paris by Charles Meryon
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    Photo credit: The Cooper Gallery

  • A View of Weymouth by Henry Warren

    Henry Warren started his artistic career working with the London based sculptor Nollekens. However, he later changed his focus and began painting in watercolour whilst working as a draughtsman and illustrator. His work shows a combination of excellent handling of paint and the linear work associated with being a draughtsman.


    This watercolour depicts a coastal scene with a cluster of sailing ships to the left, and the coast of Weymouth to the right.


    Watercolour on paper


    Donated by Roland Addy in 1978.


    A View of Weymouth by Henry Warren
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    Photo credit: The Cooper Gallery

  • Women Fishing

    Corot was born in Paris and during the 1820s-1830s he travelled extensively around Europe to refine his skill as a landscape artist. From 1827, he began exhibiting at the Salon. During the 1850s, his reputation as a landscape artist was well established.


    This painting is an example of his later works where he focused on atmosphere rather than topographical accuracy.


    Oil on canvas

    Women Fishing 1860–1875
    Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (1796–1875) (style of)
    Oil on canvas
    H 37.5 x W 45 cm
    The Cooper Gallery
    Women Fishing
    Photo credit: The Cooper Gallery

  • A Farmyard with a River in the Foreground Late by Thomas Girtin (1775-1802)

    Thomas Girtin was an English painter best known for his romantic depictions of landscapes. Together with his friend and rival JMW Turner, Girtin revolutionised the art of watercolour. Broad, transparent washes of colour are matched with very precise drawing.


    The location of this particular painting has not been identified; however, Girtin went on many sketching tours of the country during his short life. Between 1796 and 1801, he spent a great length of time touring the North of England, seeking out and sketching dramatic views.


    Watercolour on paper


    Donated by Roland Addy in 1978.


    A Farmyard with a River in the Foreground Late by Thomas Girtin (1775-1802)
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    Photo credit: The Cooper Gallery

  • A Town on the Italian Coast by Joseph Mallord William Turner

    JMW Turner is widely regarded as the most important British artist of his time. He was renowned for his oil paintings, but was also one of the greatest masters of watercolour landscapes. The way he painted landscapes was radical and controversial during his day. At the age of 16, Turner entered the Royal Academy of Arts. During his lifetime, he travelled extensively across Europe, but he had a particular fondness for Venice.


    This pencil and grey wash on paper depicts a coastal village which is dominated by the mountains behind it. The view is of Lake Lugano, a glacial lake on the border between Switzerland and Italy. The lake is named after the town.


    Pencil and wash on paper


    Donated by Sir Michael Sadler in 1932.


    A Town on the Italian Coast by Joseph Mallord William Turner
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    Photo credit: The Cooper Gallery

  • Shipping in an Estuary

    Reinier Nooms was a Dutch maritime painter known for his detailed paintings and sketches of ships. Although his given name was Nooms, the nickname of ‘Zeeman’ (Dutch for Seaman) reflected his paintings and first-hand knowledge of shipping from his years in the Navy.


    Many of Reinier’s paintings depicted Dutch naval victories, or Dutch ships, such as in this work.


    Oil on canvas
    Donated by S J Cooper in 1913.

    Shipping in an Estuary 1655–1667
    Reinier Nooms (Zeeman) (c.1623–1664)
    Oil on canvas
    H 20.5 x W 28 cm
    The Cooper Gallery
    Shipping in an Estuary
    Photo credit: The Cooper Gallery

  • San Nicolò, Venice

    Arthur Meadows was well known for his paintings of coastal scenes of Britain, France, and Holland. This painting shows that he also travelled to Italy. During 1863-1872, Meadows regularly exhibited at the Royal Academy. Additionally, he exhibited at The British Institute between 1863-1867.


    This painting depicts a lagoon just outside of Venice. The region of Veneto can be seen to the right of this painting, and ‘San Nicolo’ refers to the church that can be seen in the background.


    Oil on canvas
    Donated by S J Cooper in 1913.

    San Nicolò, Venice
    Arthur Joseph Meadows (1843–1907)
    Oil on canvas
    H 30.5 x W 51 cm
    The Cooper Gallery
    San Nicolò, Venice
    Photo credit: The Cooper Gallery

  • Oberwesel on the Rhine, Germany

    Pyne was born in Bristol in 1800 and taught himself to paint. He was well known for his atmospheric landscapes. Pyne exhibited regularly during his lifetime, most notably at The Fine Art Society, London.


    This painting depicts a river scene with a number of tall buildings on the bank. The town of Oberwesel is located on the river Rhine in the west of Germany. Its remarkable mixture of dramatic landscape with interesting architecture made it a popular site for artists. The tall, central tower in the picture is the 'Ochsenthum' or Ox Tower.


    Oil on canvas
    Donated by Roland Addy in 1978.

    Oberwesel on the Rhine, Germany
    Francis Moltino (1818–1872) (attributed to)
    Oil on canvas
    H 40 x W 56 cm
    The Cooper Gallery
    Oberwesel on the Rhine, Germany
    Photo credit: The Cooper Gallery

  • Landscape with Peasants by a Pond by Carl Ernst Morgenstern

    Morgenstern was a German artist based in Munich. He became Professor at the Royal Academy of Art in Breslau.


    This painting has been marked as being in the possession of J van Bugg, possibly a Munich based art dealer. It is not clear if Samuel Cooper bought the painting directly from him during his travels on the continent, or from a third party. The painting depicts a rural scene with a man fishing on the right hand side and a female and child to the left of a small domestic building.


    Oil on canvas


    Donated by S J Cooper in 1913.

    Landscape with Peasants by a Pond 1875
    Carl Ernst Morgenstern (1847–1928)
    Oil on panel
    H 22.5 x W 45 cm
    The Cooper Gallery
    Landscape with Peasants by a Pond
    Photo credit: The Cooper Gallery

  • Hurricane before Saint-Malo, France

    Eugene Isabey was well known in the 19th century for his dramatic marine views. He was appointed court painter to King Louis Phillippe and was also an official painter to the French Navy. Mr and Mrs Cooper were particularly fond of Isabey’s work and often visited him in his studio whilst he was staying in Paris. In Cooper’s notebook of 1891, he refers to a painting with the title ‘Ouragan devant St Malo’ he also comments; ‘I saw Msr. Isabey in his studio after and told him I had it and he said it was the finest marine picture he had ever painted.’

    Hurricane before Saint-Malo, France 1860
    Eugène Isabey (1803–1886)
    Oil on canvas
    H 107 x W 156 cm
    The Cooper Gallery
    Hurricane before Saint-Malo, France
    Photo credit: The Cooper Gallery

  • A German River Scene

    Carmichael, also known as John Carmichael was a British marine painter born in Newcastle in 1800. He was the son of a ship carpenter and sailed to sea at an early age. He became an apprentice at a shipbuilding company, and devoted his spare time to art. Carmichael travelled extensively; destinations included the Netherlands, Italy, and the Baltic regions. He worked from London, however he eventually retired to Scarborough.


    This oil painting is of a river scene with a large number of boats at the edge of the river. Most have tall masts but a couple at the front do not. There are Germanic style buildings on each side of the river and a bridge in the distance.


    Oil on canvas


    Donated by S J Cooper in 1913.

    A German River Scene
    John Wilson Carmichael (1799–1868)
    Oil on canvas
    H 48 x W 80.5 cm
    The Cooper Gallery
    A German River Scene
    Photo credit: The Cooper Gallery

  • A Frozen River Scene

    Adolf Stademan lived in Munich, Germany for most of his life. He was a prominent member of the artistic movement called the Munich School. The Munich School was made up of a number of artists who either worked in the area or trained at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Munich between 1850 and 1918. In the later 19th century, the school was considered one of the most prestigious schools of fine art.


    This painting of a winter rural scene is typical of Stademan’s style in his later career. He particularly focused on winter scenes and was inspired by Dutch paintings of the 17th century.


    Oil on canvas


    Donated by S J Cooper in 1913.

    A Frozen River Scene 1870–1895
    Adolf Stademann (1824–1895)
    Oil on canvas
    H 33.5 x W 56 cm
    The Cooper Gallery
    A Frozen River Scene
    Photo credit: The Cooper Gallery

  • Landscape with Trees by Alexander Cozens

    Alexander Cozens was the son of Richard Cozens, a shipbuilder employed by Peter the Great of Russia. Cozens was possibly the first major English artist to devote himself wholly to landscape painting. He also created a method of composing ideal landscapes from so-called 'blots'. This apparently came from his experience as a teacher when he found that accidental stains on the paper fuelled the imagination of pupils. These 'blot drawings' were made with a large soft brush and were then worked up into a finished composition. Cozens was a drawing master at Eton College, before becoming drawing master to William and Edward, two of King George III’s sons.


    Landscape with Trees by Alexander Cozens
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    Photo credit: The Cooper Gallery

  • Wick Church, Bath by Thomas Monro

    Dr Thomas Monro studied medicine at Oxford, after which he was a physician at the Royal Bethlem Hopsital. He later became the personal physician to King George III. Monro was also a keen art collector and artist. He ran a small ‘Academy’ from his house where he encouraged young artists such as JMW Turner and Thomas Girtin to study and copy from his collection of paintings and drawings.


    Monro’s artistry is ‘sketchy’ in style. This piece was created using black chalk and grey wash on paper and depicts a church spire rising up out of the woodland.


    Chalk and wash on paper


    Donated by Sir Michael Sadler in 1932.


    Wick Church, Bath by Thomas Monro
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    Photo credit: The Cooper Gallery