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Cooke, Robert

Robert Cooke (c.1810-43) was Lane's colleague at Pendleton's in Boston. Benjamin Champney described Cooke as being skilled at portraits and figures. One of the few existing portraits of Lane is a pencil sketch by Cooke from this period.

Portrait of F. H. Lane
Robert Cooke
American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Mass.

Portrait of Lane at age 31, as inscribed on reverse: "This is a portrait of F. H. Lane, Drawn with a lead-pencil from life in 1835."

Also filed under: Portraits of Lane »

Sixty Years' Memories of Art and Artists
Benjamin Champney
Woburn, MA,

"After a time I left the shoe store, and through the influence of my friend Cooke, was admitted as an apprentice to Moore, successor to Pendleton, in the lithographic business. Here I was speedily worked in as a draughtsman for ordinary commercial work, the fine work, such as designs of figures and heads from life being done by Cooke. F.H. Lane, afterwards well-known as a marine painter, did most of the views, hotels, etc. He was very accurate in his drawing, understood perspective and naval architecture perfectly, as well as the handling of vessels, and was a good, all-round draughtsman." (1)

(1) John WilmerdingFitz Henry Lane (Gloucester, MACape Ann Historical Association2005)Reprint of Fitz Hugh Lane, by John Wilmerding. New York: Praeger, 1971.

Citation: "Contemporary Artists." Fitz Henry Lane Online. Cape Ann Museum.§ion=Cooke%2C+Robert (accessed July 24, 2024).
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