Mr John Cooper of ST LUKE London started out as a skilled watch maker, but then in 1825 aged 19 years
he decided to have a change of career and went into taxidermy. In his early years he preserved and mounted many taxidermy birds, fish and mammals.
In 1850 his first son also named JOHN COOPER started to work in the family business. This is when the stuffed fish started to become in very high demand.