1818 - 1892

Edwin Cocking was baptised at St Giles Church, Camberwell, London on 18 October 1818, son of Henry Cocking (1789-1871), a carpenter, and his wife Susannah Frances née Little (1790-1862) of Peckham. Edwin studied at the Victoria & Albert Museum and was an artist and portrait painter and exhibited at the Royal Academy. He married at St Mary Magdalene Church, Peckham on 9 June 1849, Isabella Mitchell (c.1818-1906), daughter of Alexander Mitchell, a solicitor. In 1851 'a portrait painter & lithographer', living at Carter Street, Newington, London with his 32-year-old wife Isabella, a schoolmistress, and newly born son Edwin (1850-1863) and in 1859 an artist & photographer at London Road, opposite Marine Terrace, Lowestoft, Suffolk. By April 1861, an artist & photographer, living at 117 Warwick Street, Leamington Priors, Warwickshire with his wife and two sons Edwin and Henry Garrett (1852-1894) and where his youngest son Edwin died in 1863, but by 1864 he had established a photographic portrait studio at Gotha Place, 57 Queens Road, Peckham. Edwin became active in the South London Photographic Society and was Secretary of the Society 1867-1878. In the mid 1870s, Edwin Cocking concentrated on his portrait painting from photographs and the photographic studio was managed by his son when the photographic studio at 57 Queens Road, Peckham went under the name of Henry Garrett Cocking, who subsequently changed his surname to Aubrey. Edwin remained the proprietor of the photographic studio at 57 Queens Road, Peckham until about 1887 when the business was sold to photographer Frank (Francis Hans) Secourable. Edwin Cocking died at 62 Station Road, Horsham, Sussex on 12 February 1892.

Royal Academy Exhibits
from 35 Tavistock Street, Covent Garden, London
1848 33 The Village Coquette

Works by This Artist