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Cathy Curtis

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190908812

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190908812.001.0001

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Travel and Turmoil

Travel and Turmoil

(p.99) 8 Travel and Turmoil
Alive Still

Cathy Curtis

Oxford University Press

In 1964, Nell and Dilys left New York on the Queen Mary, bound for London. The next stop was Burton Bradstock in West Dorset, home of poet Howard Griffin, where Nell began painting garden views. The women spent time in Paris and Lisbon before flying to the Caribbean island of St. Lucia, where Nell’s dealer Elinor Poindexter and her husband owned a banana plantation. Nell delighted in the native plants and birds. She taught the teenaged son of their cook to read and write and enjoyed visits by Arthur Cohen, her major collector, and poet Galway Kinnell. But despite the lush surroundings, the eleven months on St. Lucia were plagued by inconveniences, from quarreling workmen to scorpions and torrential rains. Nell’s April 1966 Poindexter Gallery show, which included many works completed in St. Lucia, was well reviewed. Then came a great shock: in late May, Dilys suddenly moved out.

Keywords:   London, Paris, Lisbon, Howard Griffin, Elinor Poindexter, St. Lucia, Dilys Evans

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