Marilou Alston Rudulph collection

Marilou Alston Rudulph collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Rudulph, Marilou Alston
Title: Marilou Alston Rudulph collection
Dates: 1953-1972
Quantity: 2.0 Linear feet (5 document boxes)
Coll. Number: ms816

Biographical/Historical Note

Born in eastern Maryland in 1793, Cooke taught himself to paint in the flat, linear manner often found in American art in the early decades of the nineteenth century. By the early 1820s he was executing portraits in Washington, D.C., and northern Virginia. His first formal training was with Charles Bird King (1785-1862)... In 1826 Cooke and his wife, Maria Heath, left America and spent six years in Italy, England, and France. There he copied classical sculpture, prints after Greek and Roman art, Italian Renaissance and baroque paintings, and modern Neoclassical and Romantic paintings... Cooke's largest and best-known painting is Interior of St. Peter's Rome (1847, Chapel, University of Georgia, Athens). This work is an enlargement of an earlier painting he executed in Florence, Italy, using images by the late-seventeenth-century Italian painter Giovanni Paolo Pannini and the contemporary British painter John Martin... Cooke was consistent in his approach to art. Once he understood the aesthetic views of the old masters, he applied them to all his subjects... He attained great success with... portraits and by the late 1840s was one of the South's best-known painters.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of Mrs. Rudulph's article "George Cooke (1793-1849) and his paintings," notes concerning this article and a notebook on Cooke. There is also a checklist of Cooke's paintings, receipts for copies of some of his works, and 87 reproductions of Cooke's paintings. The collection also contains reproductions of correspondence, biographical material on George Cooke, the wills of Cooke and his wife, Cooke's sketch book, and some of Cooke's writings.


Arranged in chronological order.

Index Terms

Cooke, G., (George), 1793-1849 -- Correspondence
Painting, American--19th century.

General Notes

Mrs. Rudulph's article was published in the Georgia historical quarterly, volume 44, number 2, June 1960, pp. 117-153, under the title "George Cooke and his paintings."

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Marilou Alston Rudulph collection, ms816, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


Series 1: Correspondence regarding George Cooke

11March 1953-February 1956
2March 1956
3April 1956
4May 1-15,1956
5May 16-31,1956
6June 1-15,1956
7June 16-30,1956
8July 1956
9August 1956
10September 1956
21October 1956
2November 1956
3December 1956
4January-June 1957
5July-December 1957
8January-July 1960
9August 1960
10September-December 1960

Series 2: Research Material

31Cooke, Biographical Materials
2Cooke, Letters, 1824-1841
3Cooke, Sketchbook (reproduction)
4Cooke, Writings
5Rudulph, article "George Cooke (1793-1849), and his Paintings"
6Rudulph, notes re article and paintings
7Rudulph, notebook re Cooke

Series 3: George Cooke's paintings

41Check list of Cooke's paintings
2Receipts for copies of paintings
3Negatives of some of Cooke's paintings
4Paintings: Views #1-12 (reproductions)
5Paintings: Portraits #13-38 (reproductions)
51Paintings: Portraits #39-61 (reproductions)
2Paintings: Portraits #62-75 (reproductions)
3Paintings: Copies #76-79
4Paintings: Indians #80-84
5Paintings: Unidentified or not by Cooke #85-87

Series 4: Miscellaneous

56Miscellaneous Printed Material
7Miscellaneous (not re Cooke)