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CECIL ROCHFORT D’OYLY-JOHN 1906-1993

D’Oyly John (as everyone called him) was born in South Africa in 1906 and was brought up in Durban. On leaving school joined the Asiatic Petroleum Company, traveling extensively throughout the Far East. From 1930-1934 he worked in the Tanganyika Police Force rising from Inspector to Public Prosecutor. Later he joined the Texas Oil Company in South Africa.

There are many stories, probably apocryphal, about his early life. Amongst them are that he was the illegitimate son of Augustus John, that he worked on a Japanese tramp steamer, that he was a life saver in Colombo and a pearl fisher in Manila and even that he did “a bit of hush-hush gun running!

At the outbreak of the Second World War, D’OYLY-JOHN took a commission in the Provost Corps and during the 1945 campaign was wounded and temporarily blinded as a result of being blown up by a bomb. It was during the period of convalescence that he was encouraged to take up painting as a pastime by his friend, the artist and teacher, Edmund Fearnley-Whittingstall. He was also influenced by the Nice artist Paul Negeli as well as a Belgian artist who used his palette knife to paint. He soon proved himself to be a natural artist of uncommon genius.

D’OYLY-JOHN was one of the most successful and brilliant (in both senses of the word) artists of his time. What is his genius and colour sense? It defies explanation, other than that it reflected his personality. He used his genius and colour sense with equanimity in everything he painted. Subjects are made up of several different colours, although to us it may seem to be of one shade or tone, and in this you will realise the brilliance of D’OYLY-JOHN’s technique.

In the 1950s and 1960s, his works were sold in print form by one of the major publishers of that time, and thus his work became universally known and popular .For a while, he lived in Cannes and in 1965 he held a hugely successful exhibition in Bognor Regis when many of the major dealers in the country (for example Stacey Marks, Aldridges, Frost and Reed) bought his works

A number of his paintings were acquired by the Queen Mother (when she was Queen) for the Royal collection
and his work is to be seen in other notable collections throughout the world.

D’OYLY-JOHN lived in Rottingdean,nearBrighton, and travelled extensively throughout Europe in search of new subjects to glorify his canvases. His paintings have been available since about 1980 through StewArt Gallery. He suffered a stroke in 1987, and did not really produce any works after that date. He now rests in St Margaret’s Churchyard.


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A Continental Fishing Village Harbour.

From a private collector,Oil on canvas 35x71cm, signed and framed. My title.
In good order.

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Along the coast, near Monte Carlo

From a private collector, oil on canvas 35x71cm, signed and framed and titled by the artist on the back. In good order.

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Along the Italian Riviera (Santa Margari

Oil on canvas 35x71cm, signed and framed and titled on the back by the artist - Good condition throughout.

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Dawn Fishermen

Oil on canvas 51x76cm (Larger than his normal size by about 50%!)signed and newly framed (It came in a horrible brown frame) - The title is Doyly's usual one for this subject, but it is not titled on the back. In good order.

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Dawn Fishermen.

The same Dawn Fishermen but in another frame - you choose!

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Eden Roc, near Nice, South of France.

Oil on canvas 41x76cm, signed and framed and titled on the back by the artist. In good untouched condition. From a private vendor in Winchester.

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Fishermen at Frejus

Oil on board 21x36cm, signed (although slightly faded) and framed. Titled on the back by the artist.A real stunner emanating heat!All in good order

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Hill Village of St Paul de Vence, Nr Nic

Oil on canvas 35x71cm, signed and titled on the back by the artist. Currently with the framer. From a private collector in Canada.

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Night Fishermen off French coast at Cap

Oil on canvas 35x71cm, signed and titled by the artist on the back. Currently with the framer. From a private collector in Canada.

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Night Mistral at St Tropez

Oil on canvas 20x33cm, signed, titled by the artist on the back and framed. In Good order. From a private collector who has owned it for about 10 years.

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Nr the Flower Market in Cannes.

From a private collector, oil on canvas 35x71cm, signed, framed and titled by the artist on the back. In good order

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Santa Margarita Nr Rapallo - Italian Riv

Oil on canvas 35x71cm, signed and titled on the back by the artist. Currently being framed. From a private collector in Canada.

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Santa Margarita, Italian Riviera

Oil on canvas 35x71cm signed and framed and titled on the back by the artist. In good order throughout.

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The Village of Beaulieu on road to Monte

Oil on canvas 35x71cm. Came to us in poor condition, so it has been professionally relined and restored (should be good for next 50 years now). Titled originally on the back by the artist - now covered by the re-lining but we have a photo of it before restoration. REASONABLY PRICED.

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Village of Eze

Oil on canvas 35x71cm, signed and titled on the back. Currently being framed.
From a private collector in Canada.

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Village Square at Menton, Nr Monte Carlo

From a private collector, oil on canvas 35x71cm, signed and framed and titled on the back by the artist. In good order.

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