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Marilou Alston Rudulph collection

Marilou Alston Rudulph collection

Descriptive Summary

Title: Marilou Alston Rudulph collection
Creator: Rudulph, Marilou Alston
Inclusive Dates: 1953-1972
Language(s): English
Extent: 2 Linear Feet (5 document boxes)
Collection Number: ms816
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Born in eastern Maryland in 1793, Cooke taught himself to paint in the flat, linear manner often found in American art in the early decades of the nineteenth century. By the early 1820s he was executing portraits in Washington, D.C., and northern Virginia. His first formal training was with Charles Bird King (1785-1862)... In 1826 Cooke and his wife, Maria Heath, left America and spent six years in Italy, England, and France. There he copied classical sculpture, prints after Greek and Roman art, Italian Renaissance and baroque paintings, and modern Neoclassical and Romantic paintings... Cooke's largest and best-known painting is Interior of St. Peter's Rome (1847, Chapel, University of Georgia, Athens). This work is an enlargement of an earlier painting he executed in Florence, Italy, using images by the late-seventeenth-century Italian painter Giovanni Paolo Pannini and the contemporary British painter John Martin... Cooke was consistent in his approach to art. Once he understood the aesthetic views of the old masters, he applied them to all his subjects... He attained great success with... portraits and by the late 1840s was one of the South's best-known painters.

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

Scope and Content

The collection consists of Mrs. Rudulph's article "George Cooke (1793-1849) and his paintings," notes concerning this article and a notebook on Cooke. There is also a checklist of Cooke's paintings, receipts for copies of some of his works, and 87 reproductions of Cooke's paintings. The collection also contains reproductions of correspondence, biographical material on George Cooke, the wills of Cooke and his wife, Cooke's sketch book, and some of Cooke's writings.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged in chronological order.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Marilou Alston Rudulph collection, ms816, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2009 July 21.

General Notes

Mrs. Rudulph's article was published in the Georgia historical quarterly, volume 44, number 2, June 1960, pp. 117-153, under the title "George Cooke and his paintings."

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Cooke, G. (George), 1793-1849 -- Correspondence
Painters -- Georgia.
Painting, American -- 19th century.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


Correspondence regarding George Cooke

11March 1953-February 1956
12March 1956
13April 1956
14May 1-15,1956
15May 16-31,1956
16June 1-15,1956
17June 16-30,1956
18July 1956
19August 1956
110September 1956
21October 1956
22November 1956
23December 1956
24January-June 1957
25July-December 1957
28January-July 1960
29August 1960
210September-December 1960

Research Material

31Cooke, Biographical Materials
32Cooke, Letters, 1824-1841
33Cooke, Sketchbook (reproduction)
34Cooke, Writings
35Rudulph, article "George Cooke (1793-1849), and his Paintings"
36Rudulph, notes re article and paintings
37Rudulph, notebook re Cooke

George Cooke's paintings

41Check list of Cooke's paintings
42Receipts for copies of paintings
43Negatives of some of Cooke's paintings
44Paintings: Views #1-12 (reproductions)
45Paintings: Portraits #13-38 (reproductions)
51Paintings: Portraits #39-61 (reproductions)
52Paintings: Portraits #62-75 (reproductions)
53Paintings: Copies #76-79
54Paintings: Indians #80-84
55Paintings: Unidentified or not by Cooke #85-87


56Miscellaneous Printed Material
57Miscellaneous (not re Cooke)