John Paul Cooper (1869-1933)
Henry Irving had this impressive ring made for Ellen Terry in 1905 by John Paul Cooper, an English Arts & Crafts goldsmith who was a friend of her son, Edward Gordon Craig. The “Castle on the Rock” ring represented the talented careers of both Terry and Irving, and was nicknamed the “Globe Ring” after the Globe Theatre by Ellen’s daughter Edith Craig.
The Castle on the Rock ring. The body of the ring made up of a 'medieval castle' with a domed green stone set in the top. Made by the silversmith John Paul Cooper (1869-1933) and given to Ellen Terry by Henry Irving, who supplied the stone. (pencil note - photograph of page from J P Cooper order book with entry for this ring kept in the archive at Scotney, 1986).
Green stone supplied by Sir Henry Irving and ring given to Ellen Terry by Sir Henry Irving.
Makers and roles
John Paul Cooper (1869-1933), silversmith