Biography:Bartlett Cooke

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Bartholomew 'Bartlett' Cooke was a late 18th, early 19th century musician, music seller and publisher in Dublin. Concurrently, he was a principal oboeist with theater orchestras of Smock Alley and Crow Street the city, and ran music shops at 45 Dame Street and on Sackville Street (now O'Connell Street) in the late 18th century. Cook collaborated with professional dancing masters who are named in his publications, such 'Mr. Fontaine’ and 'Tracy', and co-founded the Irish Musical Fund (1787). He was the father of Thomas Simpson Cooke [1] (1782-1848), a violinist and singer who composed for the theater in Ireland and later in England. Bartlett is listed in the Dublin Directories as a 'professor of music' (1784–86), 'music seller' (1795) and 'musical instrument maker' (from 1796).