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Peter Edward Cook (1937-1995), Comedian

Sitter in 24 portraits
Comedian and writer Cook greatly influenced British satire during the 1960s. With his business partner Nicholas Luard, he purchased Private Eye in 1962 and turned round the fortunes of the magazine with financial and creative input. His ground-breaking sketch show Beyond the Fringe (1961-64) created with Jonathan Miller, Dudley Moore and Alan Bennett was described by critic Kenneth Tynan as 'the moment when English comedy took its first decisive step into the second half of the twentieth century'. In October 1961 Cook founded the Establishment Club, the first satirical nightclub in London. Cook also appeared and collaborated on Not only ....but also (1964, 1966, 1970), Bedazzled (1967) and Whoops Apocalyspe (1987).

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Private Eye

by Gerald Scarfe
pen and indian ink, 1972
NPG 6433


Dudley Moore; Peter Edward Cook

by Lewis Morley
cibachrome print from original transparency, 1960s
NPG x87169


Peter Edward Cook; Dudley Moore

by Lewis Morley
cibachrome print from original transparency, 1960s
NPG x87170


Dudley Moore; Peter Edward Cook

by Lewis Morley
cibachrome print from original transparency, 1960s
NPG x87171


The Establishment Club

by Bryan Wharton
bromide print, 29 September 1961
NPG x88638


Peter Edward Cook

by Lewis Morley
resin print, 1962
NPG x125261


Peter Edward Cook

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print on white card mount, 1962
NPG x14050


Peter Edward Cook

by David Wedgbury
cibachrome print, 1965
NPG x76435


Peter Edward Cook; Dudley Moore

by Lewis Morley
bromide fibre print, 1968
NPG x76922


Judy Huxtable; Peter Edward Cook

by Keystone Press Agency Ltd
bromide press print, 21 January 1971
NPG x137603


Dudley Moore; Peter Edward Cook

by Terry O'Neill
bromide fibre print, 1975
NPG x34136


John Cleese; Peter Edward Cook; Rowan Atkinson

by Neil Libbert
digital print, June 1979
NPG x199191


Peter Edward Cook

by Lord Snowdon
gelatin silver print, 3 November 1967
NPG P1863


Peter Edward Cook and Dudley Moore in 'Good Evening'

by Martha Swope
bromide print, circa 1973
NPG x194071


Peter Edward Cook; Lin Cook (née Cong)

by Lewis Morley
bromide fibre print, 1994
NPG x76921

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