Edward William Cooke

Fecamp – The Artists – Cooke, Edward William

This page forms part of a series of pages dedicated to the many artists who worked in Fecamp. A full list of all the artists with a link to their works can be found at the bottom of this page.

Edward Cooke
Edward Cooke

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Edward William Cooke (1811 – 1880) was an English landscape and marine painter, and gardener. Cooke was born in London, the son of well-known line engraver George Cooke; his uncle, William Bernard Cooke (1778–1855), was also a line engraver of note, and Edward was raised in the company of artists (like Thomas Boys who was an apprentice of his father).

He was a precocious draughtsman and a skilled engraver from an early age, displayed an equal preference for marine subjects (in special in sailing ships) and published his “Shipping and Craft” – a series of accomplished engravings – when he was 18, in 1829.

He went on to travel and paint with great industry at home and abroad, indulging his love of the 17th-century Dutch marine artists with a visit to the Netherlands in 1837. He returned regularly over the next 23 years, studying the effects of the coastal landscape and light, as well as the works of the country’s Old Masters, resulting in highly successful paintings.

He went on to travel in Scandinavia, Spain, North Africa and, above all, to Venice. He also travelled extensively in Normandy.

Click here to read Cooke’s full bio on Wikipedia.

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1833 - Edward William Cooke - Draught horses harnessed to a cart loaded with barrels of herring at Fecamp
1833 – Edward William Cooke – Draught horses harnessed to a cart loaded with barrels of herring at Fecamp

NOTE: Fecamp has been known to be the place for herrings. There were several herring processing places, one that has been turned into a museum (click here to read more about it on our site).

1835 - Edward William Cooke - The Rocky Beach and Cliffs at Fecamp
1835 – Edward William Cooke – The Rocky Beach and Cliffs at Fecamp

He painted several other places in France (a link “” will be made to his works in those cities below when they are put online):

Fecamp is a picturesque fishing town which made for a great backdrop for many artist. Here are all the artists who applied their arts in the town and its surroundings (a link “” will appear when we have published an article on this artist’s works in Fecamp):

NOTE: a “*” besides the artist’s name indicates that the artist did NOT work directly in Fecamp, instead worked in Fecamp’s surroundings only.

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