COPE, George, 1855-1929

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George Cope
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Gender: M
Birth date: February 1855
Place of birth: Chester County, Pa.
Death date: 15 January 1929
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Nationality: US
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Spouse(s): Theodora Blair
Children: Muriel Herzog

George Cope (February, 1855 - January 15, 1929) was an artist and teacher from Chester County, Pennsylvania.

Biography

George Cope was born in February, 1855, to Caleb Swayne and Lydia (nee Eldridge) Cope. He was educated at the Copeland School and West Chester Normal School, later studying paiting under Harral Herzog in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1883, George Cope married Theodora Blair of Philadelphia. The two had two children. Cope travelled throughout the American West c. 1879-1882 and upon his return began to teach drawing at Darlington Seminary. By the 1890's, he became nationally famous for still-lifes in oil, commonly noted for their painstaking attention to detail. In 1894, Cope was commissioned to reproduce in oil the costume equipment of William Cody. In later years, his popularity waned, and he was criticized for sacrificing the intricate detail which was characteristic of his previous work.

Sources

  • Pleasants, Henry, Jr., Four Great Artists of Chester County (portrait), 51-60.
  • Cope, Gilbert, A Record of the Cope Family, 106.
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