8 Cook Street

The artist and cartoonist Mischa Richter and his family are strongly associated with Provincetown. His last house, 457 Commercial Street, is well known. He also lived at 6 Cook Street and, in the late 1950s, built this structure as a studio. In 1978, he sold the property to Aurelius Battaglia (1910-1984), an illustrator, muralist, writer and director who worked on the animated features Dumbo, Fantasia and Pinocchio for Walt Disney. He also illustrated such children’s book as Cowboy Jack, the Sheriff, Little Boy With a Big Horn and Captain Kangaroo’s Read-Aloud Book. (Fascinating that two prominent illustrators of children’s books, Battaglia and Louis Slobodkin, should have been so close on Cook Street, though at different times.) Thomas Porcher Ravenel and John J. Crickett have owned this property since 2011. • Assessor’s Online Database ¶ Posted 2012-11-17

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