J H E Partington (attributed)
Portrait of ‘George Cooper’. Oil on canvas, possibly by the artist John Herbert Evelyn Partington. Depicts the bellman, George Cooper, wearing a dark hat and jacket with a white necktie, circa 1865.
George Cooper was the last town crier in Stockport. His importance in local history lead to the area of Cooper’s Brow being named after him. His brass hand bell is also on display alongside his portrait at Stockport Museum.
Recent research has attributed the painting to J H E Partington. He is known to have painted a bellman and the head position and artistic traits of the portrait are very like the artist’s work.
Stockport’s local family brewers Robinson’s produced an Autumn Ale titled ‘Cooper’s Bell’ as a tribute.