Legacy: Richard Cooper Jnr and the Artist's Album

10 Jan 2017 – 9 Jun 2017

Event times

1-5pm, Monday to Friday

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UCL Art Museum

London, United Kingdom


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  • Buses: 10, 18, 30, 24, 29, 73, 134
  • Tube: Euston, Euston Square, Goodge Street or Warren Street

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Legacy, UCL Art Museum's next exhibition features for the first time various artist's albums by Richard Cooper Jr (1740-1822). Cooper Jr was a versatile and experimental artist, highly regarded by his contemporaries for his contributions to printmaking, draftsmanship and art education.


A true child of the Scottish enlightenment, Cooper Jr worked in France, Spain and Italy, where he was closely associated with the leading lights of his generation, including Jacob More, Gavin Hamilton and Joseph Wright of Derby. Upon his return to London in circa 1777, he was celebrated for his capriccios or 'invented views' of the Roman Campagna, which he reproduced using the latest printmaking technologies. 

The contents of his marbled-paper covered albums, carefully assembled with original prints and copy drawings, reveal the breadth of his involvement with the new techniques of lithography and soft-ground etching. They introduce Cooper Jr as an innovative printmaker and highlight technological developments in printmaking that took place in the late eighteenth century. The exhibition provides an opportunity to study this little-known artist, but also to consider the artist's album more broadly, how and why they are compiled and used and the role they can play in establishing a legacy.

Also on display will be more contemporary examples of the artist's albums from our Slade Collections, including an album of discarded sketches by Augustus John which was collected and assembled by fellow student Cuthbert Hamilton, as well as Stanley Spencer's bound postcard collection. Also a feature of Legacy will be a changing display of contemporary innovations in printmaking by Phyllida Barlow, Bartolomeu dos Santos, Philip Sutton and other.

Award-winning artist Liz Rideal will be in residence at UCL Art Museum for the duration of the exhibition.

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