One Victorian painter for whom a biographical study is long overdue is the marine painter Edward William Cooke, R.A., F.R.S., F.S.A., F.L.S., F.Z.S., F.G.S. (1811-1880), who, as the letters after his name will indicate, had interests far beyond the coastal views and inshore shipping of Europe which were his main subjects on canvas. He emerges as a gardener and garden designer on a grand scale, a student of geology, a plantsman, botanical illustrator, humorist, antiquarian and collector.
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