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ArtistMaker: not known
TitleOfWork: coat of arms
DescriptionOfPhoto: View of doorway
DateOfCreation: not known
Dimensions: Width: 160
Medium: sandstone
Location: Above an old entrance to The Cooper Gallery. (SE434407)
AtoZReference: p.13 5G
Postcode: S70 2AH
Street: Church Street
TownOrVillage: Barnsley
AreaInTown: Town Centre
MetropolitanBorough: Barnsley
Photographer: Dave Ball
ImageCopyright: Sheffield Hallam University
AccessionNumber: b028a
Description: A lion with an axe seated on a helmet. This is located above a shield angled at 45 degrees to the ground. On scrolls to either side of the shield are the words: ' TOUT VIENT ' and ' DE DIEU '. Two letters, possibly both an ' a ', appear to either side of the lion. The width of the carving is about 160 cm.

Commission: no details on the origianl building available

Comment: Samuel Joshua Cooper (1830-1913), a local benefactor and linen manufacturer, was the son of a local colliery owner. In 1912 he purchased the old Holgate Grammar School in Church Street with the intention of creating an art gallery for the people of Barnsley. In February 1913, just before his death, the Cooper Gallery Trust was established to administer the new gallery. He bequeathed 275 paintings to the Trust, the bulk of his collection, except for two works which were donated to the National Gallery. [1]

The Trust's permanent collection is formed almost entirely from the gifts of four benefactors to their home town; Cooper himself, Sir Michael Sadler, Thomas Fox and Roland Addy" [2]

References: [1] "Occurances and Events of Interest in Barnsley and District, 1229 - 1922"
[2] Local Government Website:

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When was it built and at what cost?
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