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Peter Edward Cook (1937-1995), Comedian

Sitter in 23 portraits
Comedian and writer Cook greatly influenced British satire during the 1960s, also helping found the publication Private Eye. 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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6433

Private Eye

by Gerald Scarfe
pen and indian ink, 1972
NPG 6433

x87169

Dudley Moore; Peter Edward Cook

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

x87170

Peter Edward Cook; Dudley Moore

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

x87171

Dudley Moore; Peter Edward Cook

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

x88638

The Establishment Club

by Bryan Wharton
bromide print, 29 September 1961
NPG x88638

x125261

Peter Edward Cook

by Lewis Morley
resin print, 1962
NPG x125261

x14050

Peter Edward Cook

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

x76435

Peter Edward Cook

by David Wedgbury
cibachrome print, 1965
NPG x76435

x76922

Peter Edward Cook; Dudley Moore

by Lewis Morley
bromide fibre print, 1968
NPG x76922

x137603

Judy Huxtable; Peter Edward Cook

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

x34136

Dudley Moore; Peter Edward Cook

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