Architecture photographs collected by F B Cooper

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Photographs of French and English architecture, gathered to support Cooper’s architectural studies. Buildings featured include churches, palaces and general views of Paris, Rouen Cathedral, churches and houses in Rouen, churches in Caen, Bayeux Cathedral, Mont St Michel, Chartres Cathedral, houses and churches in Dinan, Dol Cathedral, houses in Warwick and Shrewsbury, and the doorway of Saint Margaret’s Church, Leicester.

Administrative / Biographical History

Frank Berridge Cooper was born on 20 August 1870, the second son of Edgar Franklin Cooper. At the age of 15 he was articled to architects Goddard and Paget of Leicester, staying with them from 1886 to 1891. In March 1886 he also enrolled at Leicester School of Art to study architecture and building construction. His studies were successful, earning him several national prizes such as the Queen’s Prize for Architectural Design (1888), Bronze Medal for design for a town house (1890), Queen’s Prize for furniture design (1891) and Queen’s Prize for Architectural Studies (1892). He also won several College awards including two free studentships (1890 and 1891).

In 1892 he completed his studies and was promoted to Assistant at Goddard and Paget. He then worked as Assistant to William Douglas Caroe (1892-1894) and Bradshaw and Gass (1894-1895) before passing the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) qualifying exam in 1894. He was made ARIBA (Associate of RIBA) on 11 March 1895, proposed by Paget, Caroe and Bradshaw. In 1895 his design for a town house was exhibited at the Royal Academy.

He subsequently went into private practice in Leicester, designing for example the Branch Police and Fire Station in North Evington. He died in April 1936.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for general access.

Acquisition Information

The volumes were donated to the Leicester College of Arts and Crafts in October 1936 by Cooper's sister. They are described in the gift book as "two books of photographs and a series of pencil sketches from the collection of the late Mr F B Cooper, ARIBA". The whereabouts of the pencil sketches is unclear, although they might be the sketchbook by A F Bryan (reference D/033).

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Katharine Short, Archivist, March 2013.

Related Material

The student registers and annual reports of the Leicester School of Art were used to find information about Cooper's studies. They can be consulted at the De Montfort University Archives and Special Collections.

Bibliography

See entry for Cooper in Directory of British Architects 1834-1900 compiled by Alison Felstead, Jonathan Franklin, and Leslie Pinfield (1993).