Mr Charles E Cooper
E. Cooper Studio.
Charles E. Cooper Studio was a global empire of artistic creativity.
story of this global empire starts with the Civil War. The publishing
industry made the Civil War a showpiece of modern warfare for the
whole world. Magazines like Harper’s
hired illustrators to go into the field and use drawings to help tell
the story of the War to the American public, and also the whole
world. The popularity of these magazines exploded to end up decades
later as publishing empires.
illustrators used drawings to entertain the Public like photographs
could not, not even with today's technology. When it came to
entertaining the Public with stories and images, illustrations, the
Civil War catapulted the publishing industry in the U.S. into
the lead that would only increase after the war. After the War the
publishing industry used illustrators to entertain the public with
drama, mystery, intrigue of the Indian Wars, Wild West, Gold
Rushes, Cattle Drives... Railroads... to continue to entertain much
of the world like the magazines of no other nation could.
the early 1900s the publishing industry in the U.S. had made the
professional illustrator belong to the most lucrative profession
in History. Established illustrators were more famous,
popular and wealthy than any Movie Star or Rock Star is today.
Illustrators like Thomas
Nast (1840-1902) were so influential that they could do what no
police system could: bring corrupt politicians like Boss
Tweed to justice. Some Illustrators became so popular and
influential that they could determine the outcome of elections. Never
in the history of the world have a group of professionals had such
popularity, power and political clout.
like doctors were forced to specialize with the advances in Medicine
so too illustrators were forced to specialize as the publishing
industry turned into empires, like with the name “William
Randolph Hearst” (1863 – 1951). In the same
way specialized doctors joined clinics to provide their services so
too illustrators started to join studios, Illustration Agencies,
as an efficient and effective means to provide their services to the
publishing industry. And what Harvard and Yale and Princeton combined
is to academics the Charles E. Cooper Studio was to
the publishing industry in the U.S. was still far ahead of the rest
of the world entertaining the public with stories and illustrations
the Charles E. Cooper Studio was to the illustration/art business
globally what William Randolph Hearst was to the publishing
industry nationally. What the New York Yankees were to the
national sport of baseball, at the height of their dynasty,
the Charles E. Cooper Studio was to art and illustration
E. Cooper worked like a magnet to attract the best artists in the
world and business followed. He was a superb
businessman who took care of his artists needs and they rewarded him
by making his agency the greatest empire of artistic creativity the
world will see.
artists were the best because they catered to the Public's tastes,
needs and wants. To Charles E. Cooper the public determined
creativity and his artists gave the public what they wanted.