Colin Campbell Cooper was born in Philadelphia in 1856. He was an accomplished painter, known for his impressionistic street scenes, landscapes, and architectural subjects. He studied under Thomas Eakins at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He traveled south in 1914 through Annapolis, Richmond, Charleston, and Savannah. In the later part of his life, Colin Campbell Cooper focused on West Coast subject matter and espoused The California Style* of watercolor painting, a bold, aggressive new oil-painting look to a medium that had traditionally been used more modestly. Very few, if any, artists at the time were employing this technique in the manner that Cooper was.
Cooper made the first of many trips to Europe in 1885. He studied at the Academie Julien and the Ecole Delecluse in Paris. Cooper and his first wife, Emma Lampert, were aboard the RMS Carpathian and assisted with the rescue of survivors from the Titanic. Several of his paintings document the rescue.
Colin Campbell Cooper was a member of numerous associations including the California Art Club*, Salmagundi Club*, and the National Academy of Design*. His work is in many museums including the Cincinnati Art Museum, the St. Louis Museum, and the Oakland Museum.