1997 Beryl Cook Boot Sale Signed Litho Print


An iconic and scarce signed silk screen lithograph print by the World famous Plymouth artist Beryl Cook (1926 - 2008).

The picture is titled ‘Boot Sale’ and depicts what looks like a crash scene of cars with their back doors open. A typical car boot scene, with people wandering amongst the cars, looking for bargains. In the foreground 2 ladies are looking at their neighbour’s stock being unloaded from the car. The mood of interest and pretending not to be interested is very well captured. The artist was always trying to capture the incongruous and humorous aspects of life. Beryl Cook's is nearly always a 'tongue in cheek' critique of Plymouth life, but with plenty of warmth and humour. Her characters are always portrayed on the voluptuous side. Of this composition, she wrote: ‘I’ve been to several of these, but although I’ve bought many a little gem for 25p I have never found out later on the Antiques Roadshow that one of them was worth thousands of pounds. This is rather a satisfactory painting for me because I succeeded in arranging five car boots in a fairly small space. I didn’t have far to look for junk to be tastefully arranged in the boots, since it’s all around our house, crying out to be painted. A friend obligingly removed her trainers for me to use as models for the ones worn by the lady seated in front of the painting’.

The print run was published in 1997 and limited to 650 examples, and this numbered 49, which being a low number is more desirable. The condition of the mounted print is good. It was produced and published for the Alexander Gallery Publications Ltd, of Bristol, England. The example is mounted, numbered, untitled and signed in pencil by Beryl Cook.

Image Size: 41 x 50 cm (16 1/8 x 19 5/8 inches)
Mount Size: 59 x 69 cm (23 ¼ x 27 ¼ inches)
Weight: 850 g