The Paintingsok Noel Coward

by Sheridan Morley. Philosophical Library, $29.95. During his lifetime Coward kept very quiet about his painting, fearing that his work would be valued for his signature rather than for artistic merit. He was overmodest. The paintings reproduced in this book are not landmarks in the history of art, but those done in Jamaica have a striking directness and simplicity of vision and all the brilliant glitter of tropical light. They announce, loud and clear, that their maker loved what he saw and what he was doing. Mr. Morley’s text is brisk and appreciative without becoming idolatrous.