It has been suggested that the artist known as J. Cooper, is John Cooper (ca. 1695–1754) the son of Edward Cooper (ca. 1660–1725), an English engraver. It is unclear when or if John Cooper came to the Colonies, though Robert Leath has identified court records that mention “John Cooper painter” in a case dated between the years 1718-1721. The majority of Cooper’s known works date to the first two decades of the 18th century (see Robert A. Leath, “Jean Berger’s Design Book: Huguenot Tradesmen and the Dissemination of French Baroque Style,” American Furniture
edited by Luke Beckredite [Hanover, New Hampshire: University Press of New England, for the Chipstone Foundation, 1994], pp. 138-139).
This carved wooden frame is similar to frames on other signed portraits by Cooper such as Gentleman with Fowling Piece, Historic Deerfield, Deerfield, Massachusetts (HD 1385.1) and a portrait dated 1714 at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts (113,365).