Mathilde’s Café at the Heaton Cooper Studio, Grasmere is the latest incarnation of a truly remarkable love story… a love of both landscape and of the heart…
The original paintings by Alfred & William Heaton Cooper are the foundation of the Studio, both as a source of images for the prints and books and as a living showcase of their lives' work in the gallery.
ALFRED HEATON COOPER 1863-1927
Apart from the constant travelling needed for the Black’s illustrations, Alfred had to supply Lake District paintings to sell in the Studio, sometimes going on journeys on foot lasting several days...
WILLIAM HEATON COOPER 1903-1995
William Heaton Cooper’s first memory was of dipping one of his father’s brushes into the beck that ran down from the Old Man and past their home in Coniston.
OPHELIA GORDON BELL 1915-1975
Everyone who met Ophelia Gordon Bell was struck by her. Even if they did not know of her artistic skill, they were witnesses to her great vitality and kindness.
JULIAN COOPER B.1947
‘When it is going well,’ Julian Cooper says of his craft, ‘the physical act of painting moves at the same pace as the thinking process … This is very satisfying but it does not always happen. Often it is a grinding struggle to get it right.’
After a change in fortune through the commission from A&C Black, Alfred decided to build a studio in Coniston where he could exhibit his work.
THE CROFT, GRASMERE
In the centre of Grasmere village, right opposite the village green, and in the very heart of the Lake District, stands a low whitewashed building. The word ‘STUDIO’ is set in bronze lettering above a wooden door.