Thornhill Cooper (1840-1940) New Zealand

Biographical Information

Thornhill Cooper was a Christchurch based photographer and painter.

He was born Doncaster, England, and visitied Victoria, Australia 1860-61, after which he returned to England, but was soon in British Columbia and California.

From San Francisco he came to Port Chalmers and Dunedin, joining the Bank of New Zealand there in 1863. By 1875 he was a photographer in Oxford Terrace, Christchurch but sold the business the next year and announced a photographic tour of Canterbury.

In 1880, with Ledbetter, was a marine average adjuster and accountant in Wellington in 1884 back in Christchurch. In 1868 he made interesting pen and wash drawings of West Coast scenes. His great hobby had been painting in watercolours and in 1886 he became student at Canterbury School of Art.

Thornhill Cooper exhibited with CSA regularly 1884-94, then irregularly. In the NZ & South Seas Exhibition in Dunedin 1889-90 he exhibited South Island scenes and one Indian subject. His work was included in Canterbury Retrospective Ex 1951. He is represented: Canterbury Museum, Hokitika Museum. Edit or add to this biography

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Hagley Park, Christchurch - (pair)
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Hagley Park, Christchurch - (pair)
Watercolour, 33 x 55 cm
Collectable Art, International Art Centre, Auckland.
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