Gold Rush Girl, attributed to A.D.M. Cooper SOLD P872

A lovely girl waits in lace, expectantly. Will he bring back treasures for her from the mines? She’s got some of her own, obviously. A transaction made in the glorious mid-19th century, in pioneer California. From about 1860. Was found in a Stockton Saloon. Attributed to California artist A.D.M. Cooper and owned by the Schwartz family, marked on the reverse. Unsigned. Framed. Art is 24″ w x 30″ high, frame 30″ w x 36″ high.

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About the artist: Astley David Montague (A.D.M.) Cooper
Born: St. Louis, Missouri 1856
Died: San Jose, California 1924

Cooper studied art at Washington University in St. Louis. His first success was a series of portraits of Indian chiefs, completed before he was 21. In 1883, he moved to San Jose, California where he “achieved what is perhaps the ultimate expression in the age of vulgar wealth that followed the agriculturally rich mid-century, in his painting of Mrs. Leland Stanford’s jewelry collection.”

From California, Cooper maintained contacts with Eastern art dealers, so that his Western wildlife series of paintings was popular both in this country and in Europe. He became an authority on the history of the American West, although his San Jose studio was decoration in an Egyptian motif. Not generally recorded in Cooper’s biography as a Western painter is that in the 1890’s he was the most widely known of the local painters of the large barroom oils of plump nudes realistically depicted.

Adapted From: Samuels’ Encyclopedia of ARTISTS of THE AMERICAN WEST,
Peggy and Harold Samuels, 1985, Castle Publishing