The Garden Room is dedicated to the work of prominent Canterbury-born artist Thomas Sidney Cooper (1803 – 1902).

Famed for his paintings of cattle, this collection is of national importance and spans the length of his artistic career, including his last ever oil painting, left unfinished, at the age of 99.

A range of Cooper’s work is on display for visitors to enjoy, from oil studies to drawings and a selection of his prints.

Cooper remains as popular today as he was in the nineteenth century.

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Location Ground floor, The Beaney
Activities for Adults Kaleidoscope exploration
Activities for Children Explorer Points

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Known as Charlie the Bull, this painting is the most popular of the Thomas Sidney Cooper works of art at the Beaney. It was painted between 1874 and 1882 and is one of the largest amongst the collection.

The bull in this painting is a prize Shorthorn known as Charlie, belonging to the Liverpool picture collector, Henry Blundell. Cooper had sketched Charlie some years before on a visit to Blundell’s estate…

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The last of Thomas Sidney Cooper’s works, Sheep in the Snow was left unfinished on the easel. If you look closely, the pencil marks under the paint can still be seen.

Even at the age of ninety-nine, and with slightly failing eyesight, Cooper captures very realistic sheep in the midst of a pinky-grey sky and drifts of soft, powdery snow…

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