Lot 121
  • 121

BERYL COOK | Café in Los Angeles

15,000 - 25,000 GBP
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  • Beryl Cook
  • Café in Los Angeles
  • signed; also signed, titled and dated 1989 on the reverse
  • oil on board
  • 89 by 89cm.; 35 by 35in.


Portal Gallery, London
Jackie Collins
Her sale, Bonhams Los Angeles, 16th May 2017, lot 240, where acquired by the present owner


Joe Whitlock Blundell, Beryl Cook, Bouncers, Victor Gollancz, London, 1992, illustrated (as Hollywood Cafe);
Joe Whitlock Blundell, Beryl Cook, The Bumper Edition, The Book People, Haydock, 2000, illustrated p.181 (as Hollywood Cafe);
Jess Wilder and Jerome Sans, The World of Beryl Cook, Presetel, London, 2008, illustrated p.98 (as Hollywood Cafe).

Catalogue Note

'Here I am in Hollywood! Where you can't see me, at the back of the cafe. The only addition I've made to the scene is the advertisement for Camel cigarettes on the wall, which was a huge and very striking poster that I saw on hoardings all over Hollywood. After a visit to Forest Lawns (hoping to find Rudolph Valentino's grave), a bus took us back to Sunset Boulevard and we turned into this cafe. The chef was enormous and dressed in spotless white. I don't think his clientele were glamorous enough to be ex-film stars: in face the man sitting with two girls looked rather menacing, and as we drank our coffee we speculated on what sort of business he was about. Monkey, I expect.'

Beryl Cook, quoted in Joe Whitlock Blundell, Beryl Cook, The Bumper Edition, The Book People, Haydock, 2000, p.181.