George Cooke passport and sketchbook

George Cooke passport and sketchbook

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Cooke, G., (George), 1793-1849
Title: George Cooke passport and sketchbook
Dates: 1828-1831
Quantity: 1.0 Linear feet (2 folders housed with minor collections MS 449 to MS 471; 4 oversized folders A)
Coll. Number: ms457(m)

Biographical/Historical Note

George Cooke typified the ambitious American painter of the early nineteenth century. He began his artistic career as a self-taught itinerant painter in northern Virginia; in 1826 he went to Europe. His exposure to the old masters of the Renaissance and baroque periods encouraged him to try his hand at history painting and landscapes while continuing to derive his livelihood from portraiture. His best-known painting is, "Interior of St. Peters Rome," in the Chapel of the University of Georgia.

For more information, see the article "George Cooke (1793-1849)" in the New Georgia Encyclopedia.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of a passport and sketchbook belonging to artist George Cooke.


Arranged by record type.

Index Terms

Cooke, G., (George), 1793-1849 -- Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

George Cooke passport and sketchbook, MS 457. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Photograph of the tomb of George Cooke, Prattville, Alabama
1Photograph of the tomb of George Cooke in the shadow of the monument to his patron, Daniel Pratt, Prattville, Alabama
2Preservation photocopies of sketchbook
2Preservation photocopies of passport
OS Folder
4ASketches and portion of passport (oversized)
OS Folder
1ASketchbooks drawings- Greek and Roman figures
OS Folder
2ASketchbooks drawings- Greek and Roman figures
OS Folder
3ASketchbooks drawings- Greek and Roman figures