A rare Arthur Weaver original drawing of Alistair Cooke with a personal note from Alistair Cooke. Acquired by the current owner from the personal collection of a PGA Professional in North Carolina.
Alistair Cooke was a British journalist, television personality and broadcaster. Outside his journalistic output, which included Letter from America and Alistair Cooke's America, he was well known in the United States as the host of PBS Masterpiece Theatre from 1971 to 1992.
Alistair Cooke called golf “a method of self-torture, disguised as a game”. From the first time he swung a club at the age of fifty-five, he was hooked for the rest of his life. He developed a fascination with the game, despite never attaining an extraordinary level of skill. He was driven by his love of golf to devote many of his Letters from America to the topic, speaking once of the thrill of learning "how much more awesome was the world of golf than the world of politics.” Cooke became close friends with many of the leading golfers of the era. He became a close friend of Arthur Weaver.
Arthur Weaver (1918-2008) was probably the leading contemporary golf artist of his time. He painted many golfing scenes both in Britain and in the USA. Originals hang at St Andrews and in the USGA museum and many have been successfully reproduced as Limited Edition prints