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Mad Self Portrait
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery

Mad Self Portrait 1954

Jean Cooke (1927–2008)

Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery

Artist in oil, watercolour, pastel and clay, and teacher, born and lived in London, married to the painter John Bratby. Some of her work, such as the Tate Gallery’s Self-Portrait, of 1959, was inscribed Jean Bratby. She painted Bratby and appeared in many of his works. She studied at Central School of Arts and Crafts, 1943–5; Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts and Goldsmiths’ College School of Art, 1945–9, and at City and Guilds School of Art; and at Royal College of Art, 1953–5, under Carel Weight and Ruskin Spear, having run a pottery workshop in Sussex, 1950–3.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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