Richard Couper was the
son of noted expatriate American sculptor William Couper. He
was raised at the Villa Ball (home of sculptor Thomas Ball, his
grandfather) in Florence, Italy, surrounded by art and the Tuscan
landscapes. After meeting his wife,
at art school in Paris, they settled in Rome, Italy, and started a
family: son Clive and daughter Rosalind. Mildred was a
musician and used to play the piano at art showings, where visiting
tourists and local friends purchased Richards newest
paintings and etchings.
the outbreak of World War One the family fled Italy to New York
City, where Richard was one of the first persons to succumb in the
1918 flu epidemic that killed millions. Although he had some
art showings in America, especially at the Montclair Art Museum in
New Jersey, Richard was better known in Europe where many of his
paintings still exist.