Mrs Sadie Cooper

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Mrs Sadie Cooper

Mrs Sadie Cooper, 1955?
Oil on canvas, 51 cm x 40.5 cm

Sadie Cooper, previously Sadie Buchler, née Cates (1909?–68), was the first wife of William Roberts's chief patron, Ernest Cooper (1910–98). In 1945–50 she was curator at the Ben Uri Gallery, where she met Sarah Roberts, whose brother, Jacob Kramer, had dealings with the gallery. Sadie and Sarah became good friends, taking music classes together at the Mary Ward Centre, and it was through their wives that Roberts and Ernest Cooper met. She was also secretary of the Hampstead branch of the Fabian Society for a while. This portrait seems to have been designed as a companion piece to Ernest Cooper, Esq. c.1949, but as the Coopers did not marry until mid-1955 it has been assumed that it was painted then.
PROVENANCE: Purchased from the artist by Ernest Cooper > Sotheby's 3 Mar. 1999 (estimate £1,000–£1,500; unsold)
EXHIBITION HISTORY: Southampton 1967, Worthing 1972

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