Nelson Cook, ca 1853
Photo courtesy of H. A. Eastman
In the absence of a known historical monograph or other summary of Cook's life, we have made every effort to be thorough and accurate with the information provided here, making use of letters and innumerable Internet resources as well as secondary historical material. Nevertheless, we make no guarantee that the information included here is fully accurate -- we know it is incomplete.
We have identified well over one hundred (100) of Cook's portraits, although it is a certainty that more exist, probably in private collections. As with the facts of Cook's life, we have made thoroughness and accuracy our goal in listing his works, but it is possible that we have included two mentions of the same "unidentified" sitter, named a subject incorrectly, or included misinformation in the brief biographies of portrait subjects (when in doubt we have made a ? notation). We are very grateful to the many museum curators, reference librarians, and research volunteers who have generously provided information on Cook and his sitters; those institutions providing information and/or known to have at least one Cook portrait in their collections are listed under resources.
We invite any information or comments you might have regarding Nelson Cook and/or his sitters; please contact us.