Byron Cooper

George Gordon Byron Cooper was born in 1849, the son of Robert and Hannah Cooper. According to the 1851 census the family had moved around, as while George Gordon was born in Manchester his sister Hannah was born in Huddersfield, brother Percy Bysshe Shelley Cooper born in Stockport and eldest brother Robert Owen Cooper born in Scotland. His parents obviously had a liking for naming their children after people they revered. His father was a commercial traveller for machine paper hanging. By the 1861 census his father is shown as 'Author' and the family were still living in Manchester, in Moss Side. 

Byron Cooper trained at the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts and in London and in Paris he studied with Jules Breton and Carolus Duran. He became known as the father of the Manchester School of Painters.

Byron Cooper married Julia in 1888 and in 1891 is in Llanfairfechan where he is listed as a visitor, and his profession as artist painter, his wife as a teacher of music and they have one daughter, Enid.  By this time he has dropped his first two Christian names. He always signed his works as 'Byron Cooper'. In 1901 he, Julia and Enid were all living in Altrincham, he shown as an artist and landscape painter and Julia a Professor of music pianoforte and singing.  He exhibited seven works at the Royal Academy and was accomplished in both oil and watercolour. His views of Cornwall received much acclaim and he also painted various landscapes associated with Tennyson for whom he had great admiration.  

His daughter Enid was trained by him and also painted landscapes in Cornwall.

He died on the 11th July 1933, at The Birches, Vicarage Lane, Bowden, Cheshire with probate being granted to his daughter Enid. He left just over £2000.