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George Cooke

George Cooke

George was born in Maryland. Between 1826 & 1830, he made a copy in Paris of The Raft of the Medusa, a monumental painting by Théodore Géricault depicting a notorious incident following a shipwreck. Daniel Pratt commissioned many of Cooke's paintings including the Interior of St. Peter's Rome, a giant painting based on a smaller piece that Cooke previously painted during his travels in Europe. In 1867, Pratt donated Interior of St. Peter's Rome to the University of Georgia, where it still hangs today. In 1849 in New Orleans, Cooke contracted cholera and died rapidly of the illness. Nearly twenty years after his death, the gallery in Pratville was found to be infested with dry rot and had to be torn down to prevent the spreading. As a result, all of Cooke's work housed at the gallery wound up being destroyed. 


Available paintings by George Cooke

Portrait of a Woman

Size: 28" x 22"

$ 5,500.00