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Beryl Cook (1926-2008)

Biography of the artist Beryl Cook (1926-2008)

Beryl Cook OBE (1926-2008) was born in Egham in Surrey on 10th September 1926. She left school at 14 to work in an insurance office.

There followed a short career as a show girl and dress model before buying a riverside tea-garden in Hampton with her mother in 1946.

After then running a pub with her husband John, an ex Naval Officer, they moved to Southern Rhodesia where Cook began painting.

After a period in Zimbabwe, they moved to Cornwall and then Plymouth where she ran a boarding house and this experience was to become the inspiration for many of her paintings.

A show in the 1970s was followed by exhibitions at Whitechapel and Portal Galleries and in 1978 her first book was published.

In 2004, the BBC televised Bosom Pals, an animated series based on Cook's pictures.

Cook's paintings are British Social Realism and she brings warm humour to her work. The actress Victoria Wood describes the work as "Rubens with ‘Jokes’". Cook was made an OBE in 2005 and died on 28th May 2008.

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Lot FS24/236: Beryl Cook [1926-2008] - Twinkle Toes

Beryl Cook [1926-2008] - Twinkle Toes - signed top left further signed, inscribed and dated November 2005 on the reverse oil on board 37.5 x 13cm.

Estimate: £6,000 - £8,000
Realised: £6,400