Friday, July 1, 2011

Saint Francis of Assisi

Frank Cadogan Cowper
English artist
born 1877- died 1958

Frank Cadogen Cowper
by Paul Ripley

The last of the Pre-Raphaelites. Cowper was born in Northamptonshire.

He studied at the St John's Wood Art School, and the Royal Academy Schools, after which he went to Italy. In the early part of the 20th century, some of his pictures were quite extraordinarily beautiful. Cowper became ARA in 1907, and a full RA in 1934, when his Diploma work was a painting called 'Vanity,' painted in 1907. I saw this picture at an exhibition at The Djangoly Gallery at Nottingham University in 1994. The exhibition was called 'Heaven on Earth, The Religion of Beauty in Late Victorian Art.

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