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Thomas Cooper Moore, 1827-1901 and two of his sons, Claude Thomas Stanfield, 1st June 1853 - 2nd April 1901 and Reuben Arthur, 1860-1933, were respected Nottingham artists from 1855 to 1920. Reuben is R. A. Moore’s given name but he is more often listed as Rubens. Collins Ardell Moore, Thomas’s second son, born in 1856, also had acclaimed artistic talent and was employed as a lace curtain designer, in the Nottingham lace trade.
At the age of 33, in 1861, Thomas Cooper was a “Clerk, Architect, and Surveyor” and, in 1881, Reuben was a Pawnbroker’s Apprentice. Claude earned a living as a lithographic draughtsman, until he was able to support himself as an independent artist. From about 1880 Thomas, Claude and Reuben exhibited their work regularly, at The Nottingham Castle Art Museum and The Nottingham Society of Artists. The Moores’ work was also exhibited at other towns in the region; there is a record of Thomas Cooper’s work exhibited at Derby, Sheffield, Birmingham and London. Thomas, Claude and Reuben were praised for their scenes of Old Nottingham and all captured many scenes of disappearing Britain featuring country life and buildings of character , working with line drawings, monochrome, watercolours and oils. Thomas Cooper was a founder-member of the Nottingham Society of Artists and besides pursuing his career as an architect, still found time to create many attractive paintings and drawings and encourage his sons. There are a number of Thomas Cooper's paintings in The Nottinghamshire Archive, Nottingham Central Library, Nottingham County Hall and Nottingham Castle Museum. One painting, called The Pool of London which was created, jointly by T. C. Moore and his son, Claude, sold at auction in 1999 for £12,000
One of the Derby exhibits was “Fair-day in the Morledge”, depicting a bustling city centre Easter fair, at Derby, see image in the right hand panel. This picture, now in the possession of the Derby Museum and Art Gallery, was exhibited at Mr. Keene’s picture exhibition in Derby, according to the Derby Mercury of 31/05/1882, by T. C. Moore but is now attributed to Claude T. S.
The work of all three of these artists is similar in character and variety; all sought charming urban and rural scenes, coastal scenes and seascapes in The British Isles and Western Europe 
By 1891, Claude T. S. had declared himself an Artist, Marine; Claude’s pictures are predominantly river scenes or coastal scenes with vessels drawn in intimate detail always with dramatic lighting effects. Claude had a studio in Nottingham but worked mainly in London from 1882 and painted many London scenes, some of
the most prominent being his views of the Thames, its wharves, ships; and his views of The Houses of Parliament and Westminster, from the river.
Claude was said to have been influenced by the Nottingham painters Henry Dawson and J. M. W. Turner due to the use of light in his paintings although it has been said that his paintings of the Thames give the impression that they are "in the topics".
Sadly Claude T. S. died in 1901, at the age of only 47, shortly after his father.
Reuben (who usually used the name Rubens, in his professional capacity) had declared himself a Landscape Artist in 1891 and an Artist/Sculptor in 1901; he moved to Mansfield circa 1910 where he worked for Messrs. Berringer Wallis and Manners, later to become The Metal Box Company, creating designs for containers, biscuit tins etc. Reuben intricately carved, polished and decorated 34 coconut shells, probably while living at Mansfield. There is one of his pictures in the collection of the Merchant Adventurers' Hall in York, U.K..
1. ^ There is picture of Thomas at his easel, on an Ancestry, member family tree (March 2012).
2. ^ From publication: "Artists of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire". Census records confirm this, e.g. 1871 England Census, Nottingham, St. Ann, when Thomas is 44 years old and his est. d.o.b. is 1827.
3. ^ From Free BMD Index 1837-1915, Deaths: Thomas Cooper Moore; Estimated Birth Year: abt. 1827; Date of registration: Jan-Feb-Mar 1901; Age at Death: 74; Registration district: Nottingham Volume: 7b; Page: 224.
4. ^ From Free BMD Index 1837-1915, Births: Tom Claude Stanfield Moore; Date of registration: April, May or June 1853; Nottingham, Vol. 7b, Page: 228. Claude's birth day comes from "The Directory of Modern British Painters".
5. ^ From Free BMD Index 1837-1915, Deaths, Date of registration: Apr-May-Jun 1901; Age at Death: 47 Registration district: Nottingham; Volume: 7b; Page:195. The date of death comes from "Artists of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire".
6. ^ There is an Image of one of Reuben's Paintings from an auctioneer's catalogue, in the right hand panel; more of his pictures and some others can be seen here.
7. ^ Free BMD Index, Births. Reubens Arthur Moore, Date of registration: Jan-Feb-Mar 1860; Registration district: Nottingham; Volume: 7b; Page: 230.
8. ^ From Mansfield Cemetery Records, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire.
10. ^ Collins Ardell Moore is 15 years old at the 1871 English Census.
11. ^ From the 1901 England Census: Collins Ardell age 44; Ecclesiastical Parish: Holy Trinity, Nottingham; Occupation: Lace Curtain Designer; Piece 3164, Folio126, page12.
12. ^ See the 1861 England Census for Thomas cooper Moore. Ecclesiastical Parish: St. Mark, Nottingham, Piece 2460, Folio 81, page 13.
13. ^ Reuben is Pawnbroker’s Apprentice in the 1881 English Census. Street Address: Lenton Avenue; Occupation: Pawnbrokers Apprentice; Registration district: Nottingham, Sub-registration district: Park; Piece: 3367, Folio: 66, Page Number: 28.
14. ^ Article about T. C. Moore and his son Claude, relating to a picture due to be auctioned, by Andy Smart of The Nottingham Post, 22 Feb. 2012, which may be available here.
15. ^ "Claude Thomas S. Moore", biography by Bruce Fearn, Nottingham Evening Post.11 May 1996.
16. ^ "Fair Day in the Morledge" exhibited in 1882, by T. C. Moore: Derby Mercury 31-5-1882. Available from the "19th Century British Library Newspapers" archive, which can by accessed from some main libraries.
18. ^ A picture by CTS was shown at the Huddersfield Fine Art and Industrial Exhibition; the Huddersfield Daily Chronicle, 20th July 1883.
19. ^ The Nottinghamshire Guardian, 9th May 1884: Available from the "19th Century British Library Newspapers" archive, which can by accessed from some main libraries.
20. ^ The Nottinghamshire Guardian, 13th May 1887: Available from the "19th Century British Library Newspapers" archive, which can by accessed from some main libraries.
21. ^ Picture The Past and Art of The Print both have examples of the Moors' pictures in various media.
23. ^ At 08/12/2012 There is a Thomas Cooper Moore biography on Europeana, which may be available here.
24. ^ Currently, March 2012, there is a biography of Thomas Cooper and a reference to his son, Claude T. S. from Picture the Past, which may be available here.
25. ^ Biography of Thomas Cooper Moore by Bruce Fearn of Neals Auctioneers, Nottingham: Nottingham Evening Post 25th January 1997.
26. ^ Images of some of Thomas Cooper Moore's pictures, in public ownership can, currently (March 2012) be seen at BBC - My Pictures.
27. ^ Christies, London, King Street. Sale 6172, 26 Nov. 1999, Lot:120; : Lot Notes show C. T. S. Moved to London in 1882: this may be available here.
29. ^ Photo Sleuth, blogspot refers to this event, which may be available here, on this very long page. There is probably a mistake in the record of the notice in the Derby Mercury, in the blogspot.
30. ^ Images of pictures, by all three of the Moores, in public galleries, can currently be seen (March 2012), in the BBC - Your paintings collection.
31. ^ "The Moores at Auction" is a list of some of their pictures, which appeared at auction, collected from various sources.
32. ^ 1891 Census of Nottingham "Tom C S Moore, son, single, male, aged 37, Artist Marine, born Nottingham"
33. ^ List from The Nottinghamshire Archive (physical building), shows contiguous addresses in Nottingham for Claude T. S. Moore, from 1880 to 1898.
35. ^ From the 1891 and the 1901 English Censuses.
36. ^ There was an article about these, by H. W. Heason, in the Nottinghamshire Weekly Guardian Special of 25th Sept. 1933, which is still on record.
38. ^ Stonegate, York, by Rubens Arthur Moore, can currently be seen (March 2012) at BBC - Your paintings.
39. ^ Bonhams UK Ltd. quoted "fl.1881-1920" for Rubens Arthur Moore, when his "A view at Normanton with a figure feeding chickens at Top Hat Cottage Door" was auctioned. Their page may be available here.
40. See Page: Strange Similarities between Thomas' and Claude's work.