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I Men of the Day. I Mr Sidney Cooper. Sidney Cooper, the well-known R.A., was a theatrical painter at the age of 17. That was at Hastings. He was at work in Hastings Theatre 76 years ago. He gained a moderate income by scene painting. He be. came a drawing-master at Canterbury till the year 1827. when he set out from Dover to Calais, to "sketch his way from that French port to the Belgiau capital paying tavern bills by likenesses of hosts and hostesses. He was materially assisted by his manners, which are artful and fasciuat- ing. At Brussels his talents secured him patrons and employ- ment. Having settled there, lie married. fhere, too, his pencil was first direoted to the study of landscape, and the branch of art (animal painting) which secured him his present high reputation. The revolution of 1830 involved him and his family 1n difficulties, and forced him to return to England. He tirf: exhibited in the Suffolk-street Gallery in 1833. Mr Cooper was flecked an Associate of the Royal Academy in 1845. and a Royal Academician in 1867. and stiH exhibits. He is the grand old man of art. In 1882 he presented to the city of Canterbury the Gallery of Art which he had founded some ten or twelve years earlier, and in which he had since givi?n gratuitous instructions to students. A con- dition made by the donor was that only a nominal fee should be charged to the artisan classes for tuition. Mr Cooper has found innumerable imitators. At one time he was constantly called upon to decide upon the authenticity of oatlile pictures reputed to be the work of his brush. His birthday is September 29th.

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