Description & Technical information

‘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.


Date:  1989
Period:  20th century
Origin:  United Kingdom
Medium: Oil on board
Signature: Signed 'B. Cook' (lower right); signed, titled and dated (verso)

Dimensions: 88.9 x 88.9 cm (35 x 35 inches)
Provenance: 

Portal Gallery, London;
Property from the collection of Jackie Collins;
Private Collection, United Kingdom

Literature: 
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).

Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints