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English painter and book illustrator Thomas Cooper Gotch is often associated with the Pre-Raphaelite movement. He was the younger brother of architect John Alfred Gotch. His work has been categorized as "pre-impressionistic." However, his paintings are not exclusively associated with the movement. He is often categorized as an artist with a pre-Raphaelite style. Regardless of the reason for his involvement, Gotch's paintings are widely known.

Early on in his career, Gotch worked in the shoe and boot industry in London. He also had a passion for writing, and submitted stories to publishers. This passion lasted the rest of his life, and his earliest works closely resembled the style of Pre-Raphaelite paintings. His early works reflect this newfound love for life and the natural world. In addition to his friends, Gotch used models from local towns and cities. His wife, Caroline Burland Yates, was an avid reader of art, and the couple moved to Newlyn in 1887.

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