FRANK CADOGAN COWPER
Cowper, the last of the Pre-Raphaelites, was born at Wicken in
Northamptonshire in 1877. He entered St John's Wood Art School in 1896 and
enrolled at the Royal Academy Schools the following year. He was greatly
influenced by the pre-Raphaelites. Cowper's work was first accepted at the
Academy in 1899. In 1902, after completing his training, he travelled to
Italy before working for six months in the studio of E.A. Abbey, R.A.
Cowper was elected ARA in 1907 and was made an RA in 1934. In
1910, Cowper was commissioned to paint a mural for the House of Commons
depicting a Tudor scene; and in 1912, completed further decorative panels
there. In the 1920s, he painted numerous portraits of women.
During the Second World War, Cowper moved to Jersey, but
later returned to England, and settled in Gloucestershire in 1944. He
continued to exhibit until 1957. He died in Cirencester the following year
at the ripe old age of eighty-one.
Four Queens Find Lancelot Sleeping
La Belle Dame Sans Merci
Nimue Damosel of the Lake
Lancelot Slays Sir Turquine