The Cooper Penrose Collection
Donated to the Crawford Art Gallery by John and Helena Mooney 2008
The Cooper Penrose Collection, consisting of paintings, furniture, ceramics, books, and other items, gives a unique insight into the cultural life of a leading 'Merchant Prince' of 18th century Cork. Cooper Penrose (1736-1815) owned manufacturing enterprises in both Waterford and Cork, including factories where fine cut-glass decanters, chandeliers and drinking glasses were made by skilled craftsmen. The family also imported timber and was involved in property development in both cities. Woodhill House in Montenotte was the family home in Cork. Now demolished, the house was once an important centre for the patronage of the arts.