Predominantly a painter of views of a perfect and unspoiled south of France and the Mediterranean, he signed his works D'oyly -John, which is often misunderstood as first and last name. His full name was Cecil Rochfort D'oyly John and he grew up in Durban, South Africa. His early life and parentage are surrounded by mystery however it is known that he was an adventurer who traveled the world before dedicating most of his time to painting.
He worked on a Japanese tramp steamer and did pearl-fishing in Manila, among other pursuits. He also served for eight years with the police in Tanganyika, rising to district commissioner. When war broke out in 1939, he returned to England and joined the Military Poli
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