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Alfred Heaton Cooper

Alfred Heaton Cooper (1863–1929)[1] is a highly acclaimed Victorian artist. He has become one of the most venerated of the Victorian landscape artists, renowned for his Lakeland landscapes.

Life and work

New Church in Ryde, Isle of Wight, 1908

Cooper was born in Yorkshire, then abroad to Morocco and finally settling in Norway. Whilst in Norway, he became fascinated by the rural lifestyle of the Sogne region, where he eventually set up a studio beside the fjord at Balestrand. There, he married Mathilde.

After realising that he could not make a living in the area, he returned in 1894 to Bolton, moving eventually to the Lake District where he believed there was a market for his work amongst visiting tourists. He shipped his log cabin studio from Norway to Coniston and later to Ambleside. In 1903, Mathilde gave birth to William Heaton Cooper, who would also go on to become a landscape artist.

Apart from his watercolours of the Lake District, and scenes of Norwegian fjords (especially Balestrand), Cooper also provided illustrations for many travel guidebooks published by A & C Black.[2]

He died in the Lake District in 1929. The family business he founded still exists today as an art gallery and shop in Grasmere, Cumbria.

Selected Books illustrated by Heaton Cooper

  • W. G. Clark. Norfolk & Suffolk (A & C Black, 1921).
  • Mackenzie Macbride. Wild lakeland (A & C Black, 1922).
  • F. J. Mathew. Ireland (A. & C. Black, 1916).
  • G. E. Mitton. The Isle of Wight (A. & C. Black, 1911).
  • A. R. Hope Moncrieff. The Isle of Wight (A & C Black, 1908)
  • W. T. Palmer The English Lakes (A & C Black, 1908).


  1. ^ Alfred Heaton Cooper (Biog at
  2. ^ List of books written or illustrated by Alfred Heaton Cooper (

External links

  • Heaton Cooper Studios
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