Charles West Cope, sometimes called II. (July 28, 1811 – August 21, 1890) was an English Victorian era painter. Mr Cope was the son of a painter of no mean reputation and was born in Leeds in 1811. He came to London and first learned of Mr Sass, after which he worked at the RA. After a residence of two years in Italy, on return to these shores his picture of “The Holy Family” attracted considerable attention, and was purchased by the art patron Mr Beckford. He began to exhibit at the Royal Academy in 1833. In 1836 “Hagar and Ishmael” was executed, followed by “The Cronies” and “Paolo and Francesca” in 1837, with “Osteria Di Campagne”, near Rome” in 1838, and “The Flemish Mother” in 1839. Following closely on these pictures, others were painted, notably “Help thy Father in his Age, Almsgiving, Poor Law Guardians.” He also painted a considerable number of pictures from the poets, such as “The Schoolmaster” Goldsmith “Hope-her silent watch the Mother Keeps,” “The Hawthorn Bush,” and “The Cotter’s Saturday Night.” In 1843 he entered the Westminster Hall competition, and his capital cartoon of “First Trial by Jury” gained a £300 prize. The following year found him in another competition for fresco designs, and his success with “The Meeting of Joseph and Rachel” procured for him a commission of one of the six frescoes for the new House of Lords. “Edward the Black Prince” of 1845 was followed by a commission from Prince Albert for “The last days of Cardinal Wolsey.” Having been elected an Associate of the Royal Academy in 1844 he was in 1848 an Academician. Besides other pictures in the New Palace he produced others of a domestic character, among them being “The Young Mother, Girl at Prayer, Maiden Meditation, First Born, Creeping Like a Snail Unwillingly to School.” Among others may be mentioned “King Lear and Ophelia, Royal Prisoners, Departure of the Pilgrim Fathers, Upward Gazing, Repose, Convalescent, Scholar’s mate.” He worked on some eight frescoes for the Peers corridor of the Houses of Parliament. The subjects are “The Raising of the Royal Standard, The Defence of Basing House, The Burial of Charles the First, Speaker Leathall Asserting the Privileges of the House of Commons. Since completion of the last named works Mr Cope has exhibited many pictures at the Royal Academy, the chief names being “Shylock and Jessica” 1867, “Othello Relating his Adventures,” 1868, “Home Dreams,” 1869, “Gentle and Simple,” 1871. Mr Cope was not forgetful of his birthplace, for he presented an Altar-Piece for St George’s Church, Leeds where it has stood since 1839 as a memorial. Mr Cope was an original member of the Etching Club, and his plate “The Life Class of the Royal Academy” ranks as one of the most vigorous subjects ever etched by an Englishman. Mr Cope was Professor of Painting at the Royal Academy from 1867 to 1874, and was a trustee of that body. He resided at Cranford-rise in Maidenhead, but died on Thursday last at Bournemouth in his eightieth year, leaving a widow and several sons to mourn him.