Edith Walker Cook (1839-1902)

  • Edith Walker Cook (1839-1902)
  • Autumn Landscape
  • Oil on canvas
  • 7 ½ x 6 ¾ inches
  • Signed and dated 1865, lower left

Edith W. Cook was born in New Jersey in 1839 to Martha Duncan Walker and Gen. William P. Cook.[1] A graduate of West Point,[2] Gen. Cook served in the United States Calvary and was later employed as chief engineer of the Camden and Amboy Railroad, the first rail system in New Jersey.[3] Active in politics, Gen. Cook was a prominent member of the Democratic party. He was appointed Major General by the governor of New Jersey in 1862.[4] Cook’s mother was an accomplished author and poet whose work appeared in popular magazines.[5] She had a special interest in Polish literature and culture. Her translation of Krasinki’s The Undivine Comedy, and other Poems was published by J.B. Lippincott a year after her death.[6]

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Edith Walker Cook Autumn Landscape
Edith Walker Cook Autumn Landscape