Tommy Cooper by John Claridge

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Tommy Cooper by John Claridge

from 375.00

Fine Art Edition Prints

(48 x 33 cms) - 60 + 5 APs

(65 x 61 cms) - 5 + 1 AP

Tommy Cooper, comic genius & magician, beautifully captured by legendary photographer John Claridge.

During his national service he served under Monty's Desert Rats in northern Africa. A quite brilliant performer, his signature red Tarboosh, was originally an improvised prop during a performance in Egypt. He had forgotten the Pith Helmet for his routine and so grabbed a Tarboosh from a passing waiter. The rest is history.

Like Milligan he had a sense of the absurd and enjoyed pranks. He'd hand an envelope over as a tip saying, "Have a drink on me". Inside there would be a tea bag.

But as is so often the case, the pressure took its toll. He collapsed and died on stage during a live television broadcast. There is a statue to Tommy Cooper in his birthplace of Caerphilly, Wales.

Prints are archivally printed onto heavyweight cotton rag paper and signed by the photographer.

 

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