Benjamin Cocke
Original Author: Charles Balthazar Julien Févret de Saint-Mémin
Created: 1805
Medium: Engraving

Benjamin Cocke

Twenty-five-year-old Benjamin Cocke is the subject of this 1805 engraved portrait by Charles Balthazar Julien Févret de Saint-Mémin. In 1821 Cocke married Mary Eppes, who had inherited estates at Eppes Island, in Charles City County; Bermuda Hundred, in Chesterfield County; and City Point (later Hopewell).

Saint-Mémin was a French nobleman who fled the French Revolution, came to the United States, and took up portraiture. Nearly 1,000 Americans sat for portraits by the artist, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and John Marshall.