Cecil Rochfort D'oyly-John was born in Germiston in Sourh Africa but was brought up in Durban. Little is known of his early life but after World War II he became widely recognised for his idealised sun-drenched views of the South of France and the Mediterranean. He lived in Cannes for several years before settling in England. When Princess Elizabeth visited Africa, prior to becoming Queen, she found her Treetops Hotel was decorated with several of his pictures and laterly aquired some of his work for the Royal Collection. He died in 1993 and is buried in St Margaret's churchyard in Rottingdean.