Cooper, Samuel (1607/81672), miniature painter, was born probably in Blackfriars, London, the elder child of Richard Cooper (b. 1577) and Barbara Hoskins (b. c.1590), who were married on 1 September 1607 at the church of St Nicholas Cole Abbey, near Blackfriars. Barbara, the daughter of John Hoskins, at that time an inmate of the Fleet prison although the family was of substance, was the sister of John Hoskins (c.15901665), the miniaturist. Richard Cooper was originally from York, where the family retained its geographical base. About 1610 Richard and Barbara seem to have died or otherwise relinquished the charge of their children, so Samuel and his brother, Alexander Cooper (bap. 1609, d. c.1660), were brought up by their uncle John Hoskins, evidently in the neighbourhood of Blackfriars, a district much favoured by artists and craftsmen because of its traditional freedom from the trade restrictions imposed in the rest of the City by the livery companies.
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