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DC/CO Papers of Ebenezer Cooke

Identity Statement
Reference code: GB/366/DC/CO
Title: Papers of Ebenezer Cooke
Dates of creation: 1860-1912
Level of description: Fonds
Extent: 2 boxes

Biographical history: Ebenezer Cooke (fl. 1853-1911) was a drawing master interested in the theory and practice of art education and expressed his views in conference papers and journal articles. He taught in a variety of establishments, including succeeding Ruskin at the Working Men's College. Among other activities, he served on the Council of the Society for the Development of the Science of Education (founded in 1875 as the Education Society), and on the Committee of the Third International Congress for the Development of Drawing and Art Teaching, 1908. In 1894 he also published an English edition of Pestalozzi's How Gertrude Teaches Her Children.

Content and Structure
Scope and content: Small group of papers, mainly printed, including published articles and papers on the teaching of art and design; ephemera concerning Cooke's involvement with the International Art Congress for the Development of Drawing and Art Teaching and the Education Society; notes taken at lectures, including on physiology, 1869, and on a course of lectures given by James Sully on 'Art and Vision' in 1880; report book [possibly belonging to Ben M. Jones of the Diocesan Training College, Chester] with criticisms of lessons given by various teachers, including on their use of illustrative drawings, 1900-1901; papers relating to the London County Council Report of the Conference on the Teaching of Drawing in Elementary and Secondary Schools and Training Colleges, 1907-1909; a little correspondence. The collection also includes timed drawings done by elementary school pupils at Station Road Girls' School, Highbury, London in 1897, and other examples of art work done by children.

Subject terms: Art education; Educational philosophy; Drawing; Children's art; Educational theory Personal names: Cooke, Ebenezer; Sully, James

Corporate names: International art Congress for the Development of Drawing and Art Teaching; Education Society; Conference on the Teaching of Drawing in Elementary and Secondary Schools and Training Colleges; Station Road Girl's School, Highbury, London; Diocesan Training College, Chester

Conditions of Access and Use
Access conditions: Available for study.
Finding aids: Available on the on-line catalogue.

Allied materials
Related units of description: The papers of Cooke's son, Arthur Ebenezer Cooke, are held in the British Library of Political and Economic Science (Ref: Cooke).