17 - 18 December 1998
20TH CENTURY BRITISH ART
Sir Noël Coward (1899-1973)
signed 'Noël Coward' (lower left)
gouache and oil on canvas
24 x 30 in. (61 x 76.2 cm.)
The Noël Coward Trust; Christie's, 18 February 1988, lot 6, where purchased by the present owner.
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C. Lesley, G. Payn and S. Morley, Noël Coward and his Friends, London, 1979, p. 135, illustrated.
This is Noël Coward's last Jamaican painting. On one occasion, after looking at this work for some time, Cole Lesley turned to Coward and said 'I have counted 242 people', to which Coward replied 'I must have painted 484 feet'.
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