Programme details from Altrincham Art Exhibition: The first public exhibition in Altrincham of the oil-paintings and watercolour drawings by the late Byron Cooper (of Bowdon) was opened on Saturday, when a number of invitations were extended to a private view of the exhibition, which is to be held at the John Newton Art Gallery, Central Library, George Street, Altrincham, until March 30th. The exhibition is the sixth to be held in the Altrincham Art Gallery, and is one of the finest yet presented to the local public. Mr Cooper, until his death, was known for a number of years as the 'grand old man' of Manchester artists. He was a constant exhibitor at the Royal Academy, and one of the artists specially singled out for the honour of representing Great Britain at the large international exhibitions of Paris, St Louis, USA, New Zealand, etc; the Franco-British, Coronation, Irish, and Spanish Exhibitions. Fifty-one examples now hang in the gallery, and one of them, 'Early Autumn', has been presented to the Altrincham permanent collection by Miss Enid Cooper, in memory of her father, who was a familar figure locally. An exhibition of Byron Cooper's work was held at the Central Art Gallery, Manchester, last autumn, but the Altrincham exhibition displays many examples not then shown, including a large canvas that instantly attracts attention - an oil painting of Rostherne Mere by moonlight. The pictures have been lent by Miss Enid Cooper, and others, and have been most tastefully and effectively hung. We were privileged to attend the private view on Staurday afternoon, and formed the impression that here was an exhibition which must commend itself to every lover of the beautiful in this district. It is difficult to single out individual works for mention, but 'Moonlight, Kynance Bay, Cornwall', 'Evening, Carbis Bay, Cornwall',' and 'Peace', a translucent rendering of a moonlit sea, are uncommonly attractive and carefully executed. An interesting souvenir catalogue has been issued, price one penny. Altrincham school children are to have the opportunity of inspecting the collection, and the Curator (Mr WG Bosworth) has invited the head masters of local schools to send parties of children, when it is hoped to arrange for them to hear a short address on the works, to be given either by Miss Cooper, or the Curator. From Royal Academy exhibitors list (RA), Manchester Academy of Fine Artists Spring Exhibitions (MAFA); and Manchester Art Gallery Spring Exhibition (MAG) (from documentation in Manchester Art Gallery). RA (20) 1881, #17, 'The last chapter' 1885, #327, 'Moonrise' 1886, #251, A Surrey landscape: 'where the vast prospect, etc' 1887, #434 'The Foreland, North Devon; #519, 'The time of sweet serenity when colour glows etc' 1888, #1082, 'A spring morning-Heysham'; #1142, 'The Surrey Weald'; #1346, The rising moon.'In the full glory of the sunset's glow etc' 1889, #95, 'An autumn afternoon-Surrey'; #353, 'All among the barley-North Devon'; #1304, 'A Devonshire Coombe, Exmoor'; #1386, 'When the lengthening shadows fall.'; #1472, 'Queen of the night, arise! unveil! etc.' 1890, #120, 'Where the golden gorse doth bloom'; #281, 'Where the long drooping boughs between, etc.'; #1324, 'Softly the evening mists arise' 1891, #597, 'A Surrey Common' 1893, #319, 'Long fields of barley and of rye etc.' 1897, #466, 'Early summer time in the Vale of Porlock'; #538, 'A Cornish cavern' MAG (3) 1898, #8, 'The Cool Spring Time, Arnside' (£73.10); #28, 'A Cornish Coombe, Moonrise' (£52.10) 1899, #42, 'Sunset, Trebaraith, Cornwall' (£73.10) MAFA (4) 1898, #62, 'A Cornish Coombe, (£73.10); #85, 'Autumn, Surrey' (£73.10); #92, 'By the side of the Solent, IOW' (£52.10); #98, 'In the spring time, near Arthog' (£52.10); (uncertain from report which gallery) 1898, #105, 'The rising of the Harvest Moon after a Storm' (£73.10); #197' A Cornish Headland, Bossiney' (£15.15) 1899, #74, 'A Summer afternoon, Cornwall, Watercolour'; #141, 'Bossiney Cave, Cornwall'; #142, 'Autumn, Surrey'; #179, 'Queen of the night, arise'; #224, 'Moonrise, Cornwall'; #226, 'A Summer Calm, Cornwall'; #271, 'Midsummer Moonlight, St Ives'.