Author puts Wisbech youngsters in the picture about Picasso

A DIRECT descendant of the Peckover family has been putting youngsters in the picture by talking of his childhood memories of legendary artist, Picasso.

Antony Penrose, great grandson of Alexander Peckover, visited Wisbech Grammar School’s preparatory department to recall his memories which feature in his latest book, ‘The boy who bit Picasso’.

Mr Penrose explained to more than 60 members of the junior school at Magdalane House how he became a special friend of Picasso and his pets, including a boxer dog called Yan, a goat named Esmeralda and a black sausage dog known as lump.

The writer recalled playing around on a beach in the south of France, playing in the Spanish artist’s messy studio and being given a drawing as a consolation for not being allowed to visit him.

Mr Penrose said: “During one of the games I got excited and I bit Picasso - and he bit me right back.”


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At a presentation later in the day, more than 150 people attended an audio visual presentation at the school by Mr Penrose and his daughter, Ami Bohassane, about his mother, Lee Miller, the celebrated Vogue cover girl and Second World War combat photographer.

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