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Beryl Cook dies , aged 81

Painter Beryl Cook has died , aged 81. She has been ill for some time.She died peacefully at her home in Plymouth on Wednesday with her husband and family at her side. She leaves behind a legacy of a wide range of paintings in her own unique style. Beryl Cook was born between the two world wars, she eventually left Kendrick School in Reading at the age of 15, where she went to secretarial school and then into an insurance office. After moving to London and then Hampton, she eventually married her next door neighbour from Reading, John Cook. He was an officer in the Merchant Navy and after he left the sea in 1956, they bought a pub for a year before John took a job in Southern Rhodesia with a motor company.

Beryl Cook was born between the two world wars, she eventually left Kendrick School in Reading at the age of 15, where she went to secretarial school and then into an insurance office. After moving to London and then Hampton, she eventually married her next door neighbour from Reading, John Cook. He was an officer in the Merchant Navy and after he left the sea in 1956, they bought a pub for a year before John took a job in Southern Rhodesia with a motor company. ” target=”_self”>Beryl Cook bought their young son a box of watercolours, and when showing him how to use it, she decided that she herself quite enjoyed painting. John subsequently bought her a child’s painting set for her birthday and it was with this that she produced her first significant work, a half-length portrait of a dark-skinned lady with a vacant expression and large drooping breasts. It was aptly named ‘Hangover’ by Beryl’s husband

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Prints

Harbour by Andrew Macara – limited edition print