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George Cooke passport and sketchbook

George Cooke passport and sketchbook

Descriptive Summary

Title: George Cooke passport and sketchbook
Creator: Cooke, G. (George), 1793-1849
Inclusive Dates: 1826-1831
Language(s): English
Extent: 1 Linear Feet (2 folders and 4 oversized folders)
Collection Number: ms457
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

George Cooke (1793-1849) typified the ambitious American painter of the early nineteenth century. He began his artistic career as a self-taught itinerant painter in northern Virginia; in 1826 he went to Europe. His exposure to the old masters of the Renaissance and baroque periods encouraged him to try his hand at history painting and landscapes while continuing to derive his livelihood from portraiture. His best-known painting is, "Interior of St. Peters Rome," in the Chapel of the University of Georgia.

For more information, see the article George Cooke (1793-1849) in the New Georgia Encyclopedia.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of a passport and sketchbook belonging to George Cooke. The passport was given to George Cooke by the United States of America, May 18, 1826; the sketchbook contains description pages, "Ancient Costumes, Rome 1828," and sketches of Greek and Roman figures.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

George Cooke passport and sketchbook, ms457, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2017.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Cooke, G. (George), 1793-1849 -- Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

1Sketchbooks drawings
2Sketchbooks drawings
3Sketchbooks drawings
4Passport (Oversided)