COOKE, George
(b. 1781, London, d. 1834, London)


English engraver, part of a family of artists, father of the painter Edward William Cooke. He was a skilled engraver who numbered John Sell Cotman, Augustus Wall Callcott and Clarkson Stanfield among his friends and whose engraved publications included The Thames (1811), The Botanical Cabinet (1817-33) and London and its Vicinity (1826-8). He is chiefly remembered today for The Southern Coast of England (1814-26), which he produced jointly with his brother William Bernard Cooke (1778-1855) and which contained 40 plates after watercolours by J. M. W. Turner and 40 by artists such as William Westall, Peter De Wint and William Collins.