The son of Captain Henry Robert Cole (1780-1863) and Letitia Cole, née Downer, he was the youngest brother of Sir Henry Cole. He married Jenny Henry, from New York, in 1877.
He wrote Imperial Paris Guide and the exhibition of 1867, London, 1867, and Apsley House: a poem, 1853. He also edited Henry the Fifth, King of England, 1858.
New York Public Library on-line catalogue at http://catnyp.nypl.org (accessed 2005).