George Esten Cooke
(1793 - 1849)
George Esten Cooke was active/lived in Maryland, District Of Columbia / Italy. George Cooke is known for itinerant portrait painting.
Biography George Esten Cooke
George Cooke was born in 1793 in St. Mary's County, Maryland.
There he started as a merchant around 1810 and two years later had a
grocery and china business. In 1816, he married Maria Heath, and
after his business failed they went West from 1819-20. During this
period he began painting and completed 130 portraits in 28 months.
eventually returned to the East and was quite itinerant. From
July 1826-August 1831, he studied in Italy and France and also spent
time in Richmond (VA), 1824-26; Washington and New York City, 1834;
Charleston (SC), January-March 1836; Washington, 1837 and 1839;
Habersham County, Dahlonego and Athens (GA) 1840; New Orleans, Athens,
Augusta, and Columbus (GA) 1841-42; Pittsburgh
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