Timothy Cole was born in London but the family moved to America.
He was a wood-engraver. His engraving of Symphony in White, No. 1: The White Girl y038 was published in Scribner's Monthly in 1879.
He was a friend of Whistler and Joseph Pennell in London, shortly after the death of Whistler's wife in 1896.
Pennell, E. R., The Life and Letters of Joseph Pennell, London, 1930. Brownell, William C., 'Whistler in Painting and Etching', Scribner's Monthly, vol. 18, no. 4, August 1879, pp. 481-495, pp. 489-95, wood engraving by Cole p. 489.