Alfred Egerton Cooper (1883 – 1974)
He was born at Tettenhall and educated at Durham School. He studied art at the Bilston School of Art and the Royal College of Art, where he received his diploma in 1911. After that, he worked as an assistant in John Singer Sargent‘s studio for a year. In 1913 Anthony Ludovici commented in The New Age (13:16:463) on Cooper’s Life Study, which he found “a delicate and masterly piece of work; both the technique and the colour are wonderfully pleasing”. He exhibited his work in Paris as well as London. During World War I, he served as a Captain in the Artists’ Rifles, and was gassed, losing some sight in one eye. He was known for both portraits and landscapes. For many years he lived in Chelsea.