Edward William Cooke (1811-1880) was one of the great marine artists of the 19th century. He was born into a family of engravers. His father and uncle were specialists in etching on copper.
Edward loved the sea. As a teenager Edward made engravings of ships and boats with great detail and liveliness. He learnt oil painting and was good enough to exhibit at the Royal Academy in London. Cooke made detailed and evocative etchings of ships, boats and yachts. Nowadays, his work is in several museums including Britain’s National Maritime Museum.
Here are some of his etchings for you to choose from. They are genuine antiques from 1828.