The son of Judge Spencer Cooper, John Gilbert Cooper was educated at Westminster School before matriculating at Cambridge as a fellow-commoner in 1740. He contributed to The World, The Museum (as "Philaretes") and to Dodsley's Collection of Poems; his best known work was Letters on Taste. A letter to Cooper by William Collins indicates that they were planning a joint periodical venture.
The power of harmony: a poem. 1745.
Life of Socrates. 1749.
Cursory remarks on Mr. Warburton's new edition of Mr. Pope's Works. 1751.
Letters concerning taste. 1755.
The tomb of Shakespear. A poetical vision. 1755.
The genius of Britain. An iambic ode. 1756.
Epistles to the great, from Aristippus in retirement. 1757.
The call of Aristippus. Epistle IV. To Mark Akenside, M.D. 1758.
A father's advice to his son: an elegy. 1759.
Poems on several subjects. 1764.