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    Sale 5883

    20th Century British Art including The Olga Davenport Collection

    25 March 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 81

    Sir Noël Coward (1899-1973)

    Port Maria

    Price Realised  


    Sir Noël Coward (1899-1973)
    Port Maria
    signed 'NOëL COWARD' (lower left), signed again and dedicated 'To Graham/with Heart and Soul/NOëL' (on a label attached to the backboard with a drawing of a West Indian lady in red dress), inscribed again, 'Dayroom, Firefly' (on the frame)
    oil on canvas-board
    11¼ x 14¼ in. (28.6 x 36.2 cm.)

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    Noël Coward first visited Jamaica in 1944 on a two week holiday. Four years later he stayed at Ian Fleming's estate while he searched for a property: 'We discussed over drinks the possibility of building a shack ... and how wonderful it would be to have such an idyllic bolt-hole to return to when life became too frustrating' (see C. Lesley, The Life of Noël Coward, London, 1976, p. 263). Coward built a series of houses commanding amazing coastal views which he named Blue Harbour. Later he built Firefly as a retreat on a deserted tract of land above Blue Harbour.

    The present work depicts the view from Firefly towards Port Maria. Cole Lesley in his biography of Coward describes the view; 'spread before you is a ravishing view of the sea, with Port Maria Bay to the right, the small town almost hidden by coco-palm and banana plantations ... and above all this beauty is the long range of the Blue Mountains ... sometimes almost purple, always blue' (loc.cit.).

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    Derick Halliwell, from whom purchased by the present owner.

    Pre-Lot Text