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Frank Cadogan Cowper

Frank Cadogan Cowper, the last Pre-Raphaelite
British painter and illustrator Frank Cadogan Cowper was born a bit late to have been a Pre-Raphaelite painter, but like his contemporaries Henry Payne and Byam Shaw, he took to their style and subject matter so strongly as to be known as a Neo-Pre-Raphaelite (it that’s not an inherently self-contradictory term).

Cowper’s work fell into obscurity after his death in 1950s — in the middle of the dominance of the art world by the dictates of Modernism — but like many of the other Victorian and Edwardian painters who worked in similar artistic/literary traditions, his work again saw appreciation with the return to favor of those styles in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

Unfortunately, there is still not a great deal of his work available on the web. Though there are several sources listed below, you will find some redundancy among them.


6 responses to “Frank Cadogan Cowper”

  1. Beth London Avatar
    Beth London

    The clothing is fabulous. Thank you for posting.

    1. My pleasure, Beth. Yes, it looks like Cowper took obvious delight in choosing clothing for his models that would allow him to dazzle the viewer with his skill.

  2. Is that Maria Sharapova? I thought she looked so familiar.

    1. Might be her grandmother — who knows?

  3. Neo Pre-Raphaelite? That’s a new one for me.

    It can’t be long before we have Post-Modern Pre-Raphaelites. Or proactive antediluvians.

    1. I’m still enrapt by the semantic glory of “post-modern”.