COCKING, Edwin

1818 - 1892

La Sylphide

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 from 35 Tavistock Street, Covent Garden, London at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 1848. He married at St Mary Magdalene Church, Peckham on 9 June 1849, Isabella Mitchell (c.1818-1906) and 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 South London Photographic Society in 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. Edwin but 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 died at 62 Station Road, Horsham, Sussex on 12 February 1892.