Exhibition | Legacy: The Artist’s Album and Richard Cooper, Jr

Posted in exhibitions by Editor on January 17, 2017

From UCL Art Museum:

Legacy: The Artist’s Album and Richard Cooper Jnr
UCL Art Museum, London, 10 January — 9 June 2017

Richard Cooper Jr, Italian Landscape with Bridge, pen and brown ink with brown wash (London: UCL Art Museum 3751).

Richard Cooper Jr, Italian Landscape with Bridge, pen and brown ink with brown wash (London: UCL Art Museum 3751).

Legacy at UCL Art Museum features for the first time various artist’s albums by Richard Cooper, Jr (1740–1822). Cooper was a versatile and experimental artist, highly regarded by his contemporaries for his contributions to printmaking, draftsmanship, and art education. A true child of the Scottish enlightenment, Cooper worked in France, Spain, and Italy, where he was closely associated with the leading lights of his generation, including Jacob More, Gavin Hamilton, and Joseph Wright of Derby. Upon his return to London around 1777, he was celebrated for his capriccios or ‘invented views’ of the Roman Campagna, which he reproduced using the latest printmaking technologies. The contents of Cooper’s marbled-paper covered albums—carefully assembled with original prints and copy drawings—reveal the breadth of his involvement with the new techniques of lithography and soft-ground etching. They introduce Cooper as an innovative printmaker and highlight technological developments in printmaking that took place in the late eighteenth century.

In addition, the exhibition provides an opportunity to consider artists’ albums more broadly—how and why they are compiled and used and the role they can play in establishing a legacy. Also on display are more contemporary examples of the artist’s albums from our Slade Collections, including an album of discarded sketches by Augustus John, which was collected and assembled by fellow student Cuthbert Hamilton, as well as Stanley Spencer’s bound postcard collection. Also a feature of Legacy will be a changing display of contemporary innovations in printmaking by Phyllida Barlow, Bartolomeu dos Santos, Philip Sutton, and others.


Who Was Richard Cooper, Jr?
17 January 2017, 1:00–2:00
Richard Cooper, Jr was well regarded by his peers as a draughtsman, printmaker, drawing master, and antiques dealer; yet no thorough study of his life and work exists. Art dealer Tom Edwards tells us more about the artist and his influence.

Pop-up Exhibition: Printing Innovation at UCL
1 February 2017, 1:00–5:00
UCL Art Museum’s volunteers put together a pop-up exhibition of highlights from the collection with a focus on printing innovation at the Slade School of Art.

Innovation in Printmaking
15 February 2017, 1:00–2:00
Come and learn about innovation in printmaking at UCL Art Museum directly from the artists.

Liz Rideal on Rome and the Campagna
28 February 2017, 1:00–2:00
Artist and Slade lecturer Liz Rideal talks about her Leverhume research project to create images, curate period photographs, and organise these into an interactive digital map of Rome and the Campagna in relation to the Legacy exhibition.

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