George Cooke (1793-1849) began his career as a self-taught painter, but sought to increase his skill and knowledge by following the custom of many American artists by traveling to Europe. In the absence of a native school of art during the eighteenth century, American artists mostly based their work on European models.

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Enthusiasm for Classical Art

Biography of George Cooke

George Cooke's Travels in Europe

George Cooke and Thomas Hope

Hope's Influence on Cooke's Work

American Art and Antiquity

The Study of Plaster Casts