Beryl Cook's Plymouth Argyle painting for auction
A PAINTING by Plymouth artist Beryl Cook depicting Argyle footballers is expected to fetch around £15,000 when it goes up for auction.
The original painting by the artist, who died in 2008, will be sold by Halls' in Shrewsbury in March.
"It's a charming picture, full of life and typical of Beryl Cook's work," said Halls' fine art specialist William Lacey.
"Many of her paintings were inspired by the colourful characters she met in Plymouth, where she lived for much of her life. She is now a household name and it's a great honour to be selling one of her early, original works."
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The painting, typical of Cook's flamboyant work, was bought as an investment by a Shropshire art collector at a gallery in Altrincham in the late 1970s, just as the artist was becoming established.
"It was a fresh picture, one of Beryl Cook's early works and the sporting scene appealed to me," the collector said.
Cook took up painting in middle age and she was first noticed at the Plymouth theatrical boarding house she ran with her husband John, a Merchant Navy seaman.
Her paintings depict some of the colourful characters she encountered in the Dolphin pub on the Barbican and elsewhere in the city.
They always show people enjoying themselves. Subjects range from hen nights, drag shows and girls shopping to family picnics by the seaside and sporting scenes.