Grasmere. Heaton Cooper Studio

Four generations of a renowned family of artists, the Heaton Coopers, are represented at this studio where the three rooms of the gallery lead through to a delightful café called Mathilde’s and a space for changing exhibitions of paintings and photographs.

The artistic dynasty started with Alfred (1864-1929) who was born into a family of mill workers in Bolton but moved to London in the 1880s to study art under the tutelage of landscape painter George Clausen. 

He later met and married a woman in Norway called Mathilde Marie Valentinsen before moving back to England and then - in 1898 - to the Lake District.

It was their son William (married to the sculptor Ophelia Gordon Bell) who founded the studio in Grasmere in 1938 and it is William's artist granddaughter, Rebecca who runs the place now. She originally trained as a fashion designer.

Apart from original paintings by Alfred and William, the studio sells fine art prints, cards, sculpture, ceramics, art books, homewares and artists’ materials (papers, brushes, inks, paints etc), all displayed with obvious care and creativity.

Another member of the family whose work is sold here is William’s younger son, Julian Cooper who has an international reputation as a mountain painter. He is married to Linda Cooper and her work is also available at the studio.

Heaton Cooper Studio, LA22 9SX: 015394 35280. Check the website for the changing exhibitions. 

Stay connected

Keep up to date with all the latest news from the LAKE DISTRICT travel guide.