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    Sale 9538


    17 December 2002, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 127

    Gladys Calthrop

    Price Realised  


    Gladys Calthrop
    Oracabessa Harbour
    oil on canvas, signed lower left G.E. Calthrop, inscribed Oracabessa Bay, May 1948, after loading bananas (on the reverse)
    11½x15½in. (29x39.3cm.)

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    Gladys Calthrop was Noël Coward's favourite designer who first worked with him on The Vortex in 1924. Calthrop not only designed costumes, but scenery as well, and worked on every Coward production until 1952, when Coward invited Cecil Beaton to design the sets and costumes for Quadrille.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    The following five lots are formerly the property of Joan Hirst, secretary to Sir Noël Coward from 1951 until his death in 1973.