Coleton Fishacre, not bought by the National Trust until 1982 and let to tenants until 1999, is an Art Deco showpiece of a house. It was built, between 1925 and 1926, by Lutyens’s former assistant, Oswald Milne (1881–1967) for the second, and only surviving, son of the first marriage of Richard D’Oyly Carte (1844–1910), Rupert D’Oyly Carte (1873–1948), and his wife, Lady Dorothy Gathorne-Hardy. Their daughter, Dame Bridget d’Oyly Carte, Countess of Cranbrook (1908–1985) sold Coleton Fishacre in 1949, hence its having very few indigenous contents except Casimir Raymond’s 'Study of a Young Lady', which was bought by Richard D’Oyly Carte because it reminded him of his second wife, Helen Susan Black, later ‘Lenoir’ (1852–1913) whom he married in 1888; and Spencer Hoffman’s 'A Bird’s-Eye Map View of the Kingswear Peninsula with a Wind Dial'. Sickert’s large view of 'The Façade of San Marco, Venice' is actually on loan from the British Council, having been given to them by Dame Bridget.
National Trust, Coleton Fishacre
Brownstone Road, Kingswear, Devon TQ6 0EQ England
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