During a routine client visit in his home town of Hythe, Auctioneer & Valuer Alan White was shown a painting
of some mountain goats. The canvas was holed in several places, and some crudely written information on the back
suggested that it was painted by an artist called Thomas Sydney Cooper. Born in 1803, Cooper was well known for
painting cattle,sheep, and goats,having been taught,it is believed,to paint such animals,by a Belgian artist called Eugene
This particular painting did not carry the artist’s signature, but was considered to be of good enough quality, despite the damage,
therefore it was catalogued as being ‘Attributed to Thomas Sydney Cooper (1803-1902)’. On sale day at the Ibbett Mosely Auction Rooms, various people left commission bids with the Auctioneers ranging between £600 and
£1,000. However, there was fierce competition in the room between several bidders, and the Auctioneer’s gavel went down at £7,200.