Guy Cooper
Old Master dealer Guy Cooper.

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1 How did you get your start?

An internship with Simon Dickinson gave me a great start. That led on to jobs at Stair Sainty, Daniel Hunt and then with Sir Timothy Clifford. I left London to work as a picture specialist in Yorkshire and started my own gallery in a moment of madness in January.

Now I specialise in Old Master paintings and drawings mostly, although I am drawn to all manner of objects. Anything eye-catching.

2 What is your next event?

Together with fellow dealer Luke Bodalbhai we have an online exhibition of small Old Master Pictures (until December 24). The perfect stocking fillers!

3 What is one great discovery you have made?


Filippo Lauri (1623-1694), St Aloysius Gonzaga Holding a Crucifix, oil on copper, 4 x 3in (10.5 x 8cm), offered for £4000.

A recent one is a charming small oil on copper by Filippo Lauri. It depicts St Aloysius Gonzaga holding a crucifix. It is in lovely condition and was formerly in an Old Master dealer’s private collection.

4 Who do you admire in the art world?

Art historian Sir Timothy Clifford [former director of the National Galleries of Scotland]. A fount of knowledge and generous with it. Always encouraging and inspiringly enthusiastic.

5 Real ale or espresso martini?

Now that I live in Yorkshire, I think I am duty bound to say real ale.

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