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John Cooke                                                                     INTRODUCTION                                      JOHN COOKE – from London or Plymouth?
I first became interested in the engraver John Cooke while doing some research on the building of Plymouth Breakwater.[1] I managed to acquire a number of maps and plans depicting this monumental enterprise and Cooke´s name appeared several times. The name Cooke is certainly not rare. However, there appeared to be two or even three engravers of that name around this time, with two operating from London, the other from Stonehouse, Plymouth. According to Tooley´s Dictionary of Mapmakers there seemed to be a father and son team[2] of John and Charles Cooke in London as well as a possible second John in London and yet another one in Plymouth. The father and son partnership in Tooley clearly refers to John Cooke of Paternoster Row (the Drury Lane address quoted being incorrect). John trained under Alexander Hogg and published …