The Garden Room

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

 

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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.

NEW FOR SUMMER 2021:

On display alongside Cooper’s artwork is our large showcase ‘Animals, Art & Us’, containing a diverse range of natural history specimens including native, introduced and migratory species as well as the remains of animals now extinct, that once populated the area.

A selection of objects on display alongside these specimens demonstrate some of the many ways in which animals have influenced the thinking, art and lives of people throughout history.

Explore the The Garden Room Collection

Teddy Bear

Teddy Bear

This toy bear belonged to Jennifer Baker and was her companion when she was evacuated from Canterbury as a child during World War... — Read more
Stone Carving of a Dog Chasing its Tail

Stone Carving of a Dog Chasing its Tail

One of several excavated in Church Lane in Canterbury, this carving dates back to around the same time as the famous Bayeux... — Read more
Aurochs Skull Fragments

Aurochs Skull Fragments

Found in Milton Quarry, Canterbury in 1988, these skull fragments are from aurochs – an ancestor of the modern cow which became extinct in... — Read more
Separated, but not Divorced

Separated, but not Divorced

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... — Read more
Sheep in the Snow

Sheep in the Snow

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... — Read more
Rook in the Red Coat

Rook in the Red Coat

There is a simple yet sad tale of how The Beaney came to acquire a rook dressed quite curiously in a red... — Read more
Red Fox and Rabbit

Red Fox and Rabbit

These two furry friends have moved from their old residence in The Study to our new ‘Art, Animals and Us’ display in The Garden... — Read more
Blue and Yellow Macaw

Blue and Yellow Macaw

This specimen was a much-loved pet for forty years and was given to the museum after it died by its owner who lived in Herne... — Read more
Hooded Crow

Hooded Crow

A hooded crow from our Natural History Collection that now forms part of the new ‘Art, Animals and Us’ display in The Garden... — Read more

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