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Peter Edward Cook

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Peter Edward Cook, by Lewis Morley, 1962 - NPG x125261 - © Lewis Morley Archive / National Portrait Gallery, London

© Lewis Morley Archive / National Portrait Gallery, London

Peter Edward Cook

by Lewis Morley
resin print, 1962
11 1/8 in. x 7 1/2 in. (282 mm x 190 mm)
Given by Lewis Morley, 1989
Photographs Collection
NPG x125261

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  • Lewis Morley (1925-2013), Photographer. Artist of 303 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.

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Humorist and entertainer, Cook, with his business partner Nicholas Luard, purchased Private Eye in 1962, at the time he was appearing in Beyond the Fringe in New York. Following the departure of Private Eye's first editor, Christopher Booker in 1963, Cook turned round the fortunes of the magazine with financial and creative input. He contributed less when working on other aspects of his career, such as the TV series Not Only...But Also (with Dudley Moore, 1964-70), but was respected as an inspired genius by editors Richard Ingrams and Ian Hislop.
Photographed outside 18 Greek Street, where Cook opened the Establishment Club in October 1961.

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