Born in Dublin, Cooley showed precocious artistic talent, despite having been born deaf and mute. His studies of antique casts, made in London before he had turned fifteen, were donated to the RDS Drawing Schools as examples for other students to copy. He began exhibiting at the RA in 1813, and the following year returned to Dublin to exhibit twenty portraits at the Hibernian Society in Hawkins Street. In 1826 he was elected an Associate of the RHA and two years later appointed Portrait Painter to the Lord Lieutenant, the Marquess of Anglesey. In all he showed fifty-two works at the RA and sixty at the RHA. (See Strickland, Volume 1, pages 205-207). www.whytes.ie
'PORTRAIT OF A LADY AND A GENTLEMAN, 1840, (A PAIR)'
- Price Realised: €1,500
- Sale: 25 April 2006
- each signed with initials and dated lower left
- 58 by 43cm., 23 by 17in.
'DRAWING OF A LADY HOLDING A BIRD, 1828'
- Price Realised: €280
- Sale: 09 December 2012
- 7.75 by 6in., 19.685 by 15.24cm.