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Peter Cook

(1937-1995), Comedian

Peter Edward Cook

Sitter in 25 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 Cook and Dudley Moore in 'Good Evening', by Martha Swope - NPG x194071

Peter Cook and Dudley Moore in 'Good Evening'

by Martha Swope
bromide print, circa 1973
NPG x194071

Dudley Moore; Peter Cook, by Terry O'Neill - NPG x34136

Dudley Moore; Peter Cook

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

John Cleese; Peter Cook; Rowan Atkinson, by Neil Libbert - NPG x199191

John Cleese; Peter Cook; Rowan Atkinson

by Neil Libbert
digital print, June 1979
NPG x199191

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Peter Cook; Lin Cook (née Chong)

by Lewis Morley
bromide fibre print, 1994
NPG x76921

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