Alec Cobbe

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Newly discovered Titian's "Portrait of a Lady and her Daughter" from Cobbe's collection

Alec Cobbe (born 1945) is an Irish designer, artist, musical instrument collector and decorator.[1]

A member of the Cobbe family, Cobbe was born in Dublin and moved to Newbridge House with his family upon the death of his father.[2] Cobbe studied medicine at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and underwent his clinical training at the London Hospital. Cobbe gave up his study of medicine to become a painter and trained as an art conservator at the Tate. Since the early 1980s Cobbe has advised on the redecoration of historic British country houses.[3]

Cobbe donated his design archive to the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) and an exhibition was held at the V&A of his work in 2013.[4]

The Cobbe Collection, Cobbe's collection of historic musical instruments is kept at Hatchlands Park, a National Trust property that Cobbe has leased since 1984.[5]


  1. ^ "Alec Cobbe". Apollo magazine. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
  2. ^ Bryant 2013, pp. 85
  3. ^ Bryant 2013, pp. 86
  4. ^ Bryant 2013, pp. 8
  5. ^ Bryant 2013, pp. 41

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Further reading[edit]

Cobbe, Alec (2019). Birds, Bugs and Butterflies: Lady Betty Cobbe's 'Peacock' China: A Biography of an Irish Service of Worcester Porcelain. Woodbridge, UK: Boydell Press. ISBN 9781783274727.