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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 - NPG P1863

Peter Edward Cook

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

Private Eye, by Gerald Scarfe - NPG 6433

Private Eye

by Gerald Scarfe
pen and indian ink, 1972
NPG 6433

Dudley Moore; Peter Edward Cook, by Lewis Morley - NPG x87169

Dudley Moore; Peter Edward Cook

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

Peter Edward Cook; Dudley Moore, by Lewis Morley - NPG x87170

Peter Edward Cook; Dudley Moore

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

Dudley Moore; Peter Edward Cook, by Lewis Morley - NPG x87171

Dudley Moore; Peter Edward Cook

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

The Establishment Club, by Bryan Wharton - NPG x88638

The Establishment Club

by Bryan Wharton
bromide print, 29 September 1961
NPG x88638

Peter Edward Cook, by Cecil Beaton - NPG x14050

Peter Edward Cook

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

Peter Edward Cook, by David Wedgbury - NPG x76435

Peter Edward Cook

by David Wedgbury
cibachrome print, 1965
NPG x76435

Judy Huxtable; Peter Edward Cook, by Keystone Press Agency Ltd - NPG x137603

Judy Huxtable; Peter Edward Cook

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

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