Leslie Cope “Nomads” Gypsy Encampment, Oil on Board (1947) SOLD P995

A painter who combined an accomplished impressionist style with the aims of Social Realism, Leslie Cope was drawn time and again to the exotic world of gypsies as his subject. “Nomads” is 15w x 20h image, with frame 24w x 28h.


Leslie Cope (1913-2002) was a prolific artist dedicated to his work and committed to the simple virtues of rural life, seascapes and landscapes in the United States and in his native England.

Popular among his works are subjects that deal with the common work horse, country scenes, barnyards, coal mining from the early 1930s, bridges, rural landscapes, village sketches, fair and carnival scenes, and canal studies. Cope faithfully recorded southeast Ohio and loved to return often to Mt. Hope and Millersburg.

He drew from memory and old sketches to bring to life scenes from his native England depicting pottery towns, the tall bottle kilns of Stoke-on-Trent where he was born, canal and street scenes from the turn of the century England in its industrial heyday, and simple rustic moments of a familiar past with a country he never abandoned.

Cope returned annually to Gloucester, Massachusetts to paint seascapes, harbor scenes, and rows of fishing boats. He and his wife also made frequent trips to western states, reveling in the sights of small herds of roaming mustang and wild horses they found and sketched.  Cope painted desert towns as well as Indian encampments.

Not commonly known are Cope’s numerous sketches of his active duty during WWII while stationed in Guam.  Cope was a camouflage expert with the U.S. Air Force. His works are in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh, Library of Congress, and Capital University.