John Gilbert Cooper was born in Nottinghamshire and died in Mayfair, London, in April 1769. Born of an ancient family whose loyalties to the Crown during the reign of Charles I considerably diminished their fortunes, Cooper attended Westminster School and entered Trinity College, Cambridge as a Fellow Commoner in 1743. He left without taking a degree, upon his marriage to a Miss Wright. His first book was the Power of Harmony (1745) and he was one of the chief contributors to Robert Dodsley's Museum. In 1749, he published a Life of Socrates, which was very well received. His Letters concerning Taste (1755) was his most important contribution to aesthetics, although he published a number of other prose works and poems.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.