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Daphne du Maurier paintings go on display for first time

8th June 2011

A number of paintings by Daphne du Maurier are to go on display for the first time, over 20 years after the Rebecca author died.

Although responsible for writing dozens of novels and plays, including Jamaica Inn and Frenchman's Creek, Du Maurier was an avid artist in her spare time, creating several landscape pictures.

Many of the paintings were inspired by the natural scenery in her home county of Cornwall, where several of her novels are also set.

Speaking to the BBC, Du Maurier's son, Kits Browning, said the family made the decision to display the paintings, created 'during a turbulent period in her life', after realising her fans would want to see the full extent of the author's talent.

Earlier this year, a rejected short story by Du Maurier entitled The Doll, which was thought to be lost, was uncovered in a 1937 compendium entitled The Editor Regrets alongside four other short stories by the author.

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