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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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Peter Edward Cook

by Lord Snowdon
gelatin silver print, 3 November 1967
On display in Room 37 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG P1863


Peter Edward Cook and Dudley Moore in 'Good Evening'

by Martha Swope
bromide print, circa 1973
NPG x194071


John Cleese; Peter Edward Cook; Rowan Atkinson

by Neil Libbert
digital print, June 1979
NPG x199191


Peter Edward Cook; Lin Cook (née Cong)

by Lewis Morley
bromide fibre print, 1994
NPG x76921