Papers of Ebenezer Cooke (fl. 1853-1911)

Scope and Content

Papers of Ebenezer Cooke, mainly printed, including published articles and papers on the teaching of art and design; ephemera concerning Cooke's involvement with the International Art Congress for the Development of Drawing and Art Teaching and the Education Society; notes taken at lectures, including on physiology, 1869, and on a course of lectures given by James Sully on 'Art and Vision' in 1880; report book [possibly belonging to Ben M Jones of the Diocesan Training College, Chester] with criticisms of lessons given by various teachers, including on their use of illustrative drawings, 1900-1901; papers relating to the London County Council Report of the Conference on the Teaching of Drawing in Elementary and Secondary Schools and Training Colleges, 1907-1909. The collection also includes timed drawings done by elementary school pupils at Station Road Girls' School, Highbury, London in 1897, other examples of art work done by children, and a small amount of correspondence.

Administrative / Biographical History

Ebenezer Cooke (fl. 1853-1911) was a drawing master interested in the theory and practice of art education and expressed his views in conference papers and journal articles. He taught in a variety of establishments, including succeeding Ruskin at the Working Men's College. Among other activities, he served on the Council of the Society for the Development of the Science of Education (founded in 1875 as the Education Society), and on the Committee of the Third International Congress for the Development of Drawing and Art Teaching, 1908. In 1894 he also published an English edition of Pestalozzi's How Gertrude Teaches Her Children.

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A reader wishing to publish any quotation of information, including pictorial, derived from any archive material must apply in writing for prior permission from the Archivist or other appropriate person(s) as indicated by the Archivist. A limited number of photocopies may be supplied at the discretion of the Archivist

Custodial History

These papers may have been given to Sir Fred Clarke in 1946 by the Secretary of the Royal Society of Arts. They had previously been in the possession of Cooke's son, A.E. Cooke.

Related Material

The papers of Cooke's son, Arthur Ebenezer Cooke, are held in the British Library of Political and Economic Science (Ref: Cooke).