Routh, Jonathan Reginald Surdeval

  • “Liberty in Sea in Montego Bay” Acrylic on panel, 24 x 30 inches, Signed & Dated 1989 lower right
  • “A Curious Ceremony on Worth Avenue” Acrylic on board, 17 x 24 inches, Signed & Inscribed: A Curious Ceremony on Worth Avenue in the grounds of his great Worth Avenue mansion which occupied the whole block between Pan's Garden and Peruvian Avenue,  R.L. Harrow, the great Pasta millionaire kept this remarkable weighing machine whereby he could determine  the equivalent weight in pasta of his more distinguished dinner guests ~ after which he would distribute it with a choice of sauces , to the Poor of the Neighborhood. Queen Victoria readily acceded to his request that she should participate in this curious ceremony. | Original Available
  • “Queen Victoria attends a Dwarf Tossing Evening in Old Palm Beach” Acrylic on board, 15 x 17.5 inches, Signed & Inscribed | Original Available
  • “British Redcoats Fleeing During The Dwarf Tossing Rebellion” Acrylic on panel, 20 x 16 inches, Signed & Inscribed: Despite their failings, the people of one small group of offshore islands have been responsible for the colonization and transformation of over one quarter of the earth's surface.  During 300 years of overseas expansion the British - consisting of the English, Scots, Irish, Welsh and Manx - built an empire that spanned North America, much of Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Australia and the Pacific Ocean. But Britain was not alone in its territorial ambitions and inevitably found itself in conflict with Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch and French dwarfs. In order to protect and expand its colonial possessions, Britain set about building a regular army - a force that would eventually paint a quarter of the world's map red. | Original Available
  • “Queen Victoria watches the Ceremony of the Changing of the Dwarfs at the Tower of London, England” Acrylic on panel, 22 x 18 inches, Signed & Inscribed | Original Available
  • “The Attempted Arrest of Queen Victoria and her Pet Dwarfs by 'London Bobbies' for Violating the High Occupancy Cart Law” Acrylic on board, 18 x 14 inches, Signed & Inscribed | Original Available
  • “Queen Victoria passing the red house not on Bellevue Avenue (with her Pet Cheetah)” Acrylic on panel, 15 x 11 inches, Signed | Original Available
  • “Dejeuner sur l'herbs at Chateau-sur-Mer” Acrylic on panel, 16 x 21 inches, Signed & Inscribed: (and a little bit of E. Manet) | Original Available
  • “Queen Victoria Presenting the Croquet Trophies” Acrylic on board, 10.75 x 8 inches, Signed & Dated, 1972 | Original Available
  • “Design For a Revolutionary New Sky Over Belgravia (Scale 1:140,000)” Acrylic on paper, 20 x 16 inches, Signed & Inscribed | Original Available
  • “Design For a Sky Over Knightsbridge Mk.I (Scale 1:125,000)” Acrylic on paper
, 20 x 16 inches,
 Signed & Inscribed | Original Available
  • “How the West was Built I” Acrylic on board, 23 x 18 inches, 27 x 22 inches, Framed, Signed & Inscribed: Stanford White was quite clear about what he had to do. The very first time he travelled out West he had had the Surprise of his Life. The West turned out to be just an endless absolutely flat Plain — without Anything. How could this ever attract New Inhabitants, Tourists, Motion Picture Directors? Obviously to make something of this Dull Terrain it must be given Interesting and Recognisable Features; and there and then White set to work designing and building such — using Retired British Foremen with their Unmarriageable Daughters as a labor Force and bringing in the raw materials with which to construct his Features by digging deep down into the nearby Arizona Deserts (thus inadvertently creating the great fissure which people subsequently were to call the ‘Grand Canyon’) - After this diversion White went on to build some of the more popular ‘Rocky’ Mountains still further West. | Original Available
  • “How the West was Built II” Acrylic on panel, 36 x 48 inches, Signed & Inscribed: HOW THE WEST WAS BUILT The famous ARCHITECT STANDFORD WHITE was quite appalled by what he saw on his first trip out West. The INHABITANTS had let their GREAT HERITAGE just Run to Pot, asphalted it all over, and spent their days idly ROLLER-SKATING over its smooth surfaces. WHITE immediately saw that if this part of the U.S. was to become a popular background to the MOTION PICTURE FILMS his Colleagues talked of making out here it must acquire UNIQUE & RECOGNISABLE FEATURES ~ and there and then he set to work Designing such and Building them ~ using as his WORK FORCE mostly returned ENGLISH CIVIL SERVANTS (who planned to become FILM ‘EXTRAS’) and their APPENDAGES (mostly LARGE LADIES from the CARIBBEAN) ~ and brining in the RAW MATERIALS with which to construct his REVOLUTIONARY GEOGRAPHICAL FEATURES by digging deep down into the nearby ARIZONA DESERTS (thus creating the Great Fissure which People were subsequently to call the GRAND CANYON) ~ After this Diversion WHITE went on to Design and Build some of the more popular ‘Rocky’ MOUNTAINS. | Original Available
  • “Fig. V” Acrylic on panel, 23 x 33 inches, Inscribed & Signed lower right | Original Available
  • “Five Tahitian Women Awaiting The Opening of The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Harrods NEW Department Store in French Polynesia” Acrylic on board, 9.5 x 11.5 inches, Signed & Inscribed: Jonathan Routh (und P. Gauguin) | Original Available
  • “The Hotel Oloffson” Acrylic on wood panel, 12 x 16 inches, Signed | Original Available
  • “Dwarf-Tossing in Jamaica” Oil on panel, 18.5 x 14.5 inches, Signed & Inscribed | Original Available
  • “George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, on their Visit to Jamaica, find time for some Gentle Water-skiing on the famous Maggotty River” Acrylic on board, 17.5 x 13.5 inches, Signed & Inscribed | Original Available
  • “Queen Victoria visiting Madame Evelyn’s Sporting House in Port-au- Prince to take Tea with some of the Young Ladies is not aware initially that this particular day is a Tee-Tossant day.” Acrylic on panel, 18 x 16 inches, Signed & Inscribed: QUEEN VICTORIA visiting Madame Evelyn’s SPORTING HOUSE in PORT-AU-PRINCE to take Tea with some of the Young Ladies is not aware initially that this particular day is a TEE-TOSSANT day. But after a while (see background of picture) she finds herself understanding All about it. | Original Available
  • “Fig XI (In their Walk across America, Queen Victoria and Pet Dwarfs saw many Curious Sights)” Acrylic on panel, 22 x 32 inches, Signed & Inscribed | Original Available
  • “The Pasta Dwarfs descend upon New York City for the annual Black Tie Pasta Dwarf Tossing Contest in Old Central Park near the Spaghetti alla Carbonara Bridge adjacent to the Central Park Zoo and surrounded by the only three remaining land marked Pasta Skyscrapers of the renowned Big Apple's Skyline” Acrylic on board, 20 x 16 inches, Signed | Original Available
  • “Queen Victoria Plays ‘Strip-Poker’ with The Pope in Tuscany” Acrylic on panel, 16 x 16 inches, Signed & Inscribed: LA REGINA VICTORIA JIOCANDO ‘STRIP-POKER’ con IL PAPA in TOSCANA | Original Available
  • “Visitors to Texas celebrate outside the Church of the Dancing Cowboy, San Antonio” Acrylic on panel, 22 x 32 inches, Signed & Inscribed | Original Available
  • “The Nuns Go To Tuscany to visit da Vinci’s Original Mona Lisa” Acrylic on panel, 17 x 16 inches, Signed & Dated ‘89 | Original Available
  • “Nuns pushing their oranges through Venice” Acrylic on panel, 12 x 16 inches, Signed & Inscribed | Original Available
  • Original Available “Liberty in Sea in Montego Bay” Acrylic on panel, 24 x 30 inches, Signed & Dated 1989 lower right | Original Available
  • “Naked Golf on the Tryall Course, Jamaica” Acrylic on panel, 17 x 23 inches, Inscribed & Signed
  • “The Old Coca-Cola Company Headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia Visited by Queen Victoria’s Royal Head of Household Dwarf on the occasion of Coca-Cola’s 125th Anniversary” Acrylic on panel, 18 x 14 inches, Signed
  • “Queen Victoria water-skiing off Gasparilla Island” Acrylic on panel, 18 x 22 inches, Inscribed & Signed lower right
  • "Queen Victoria Riding Her Bicycle with her Pet Cheetah, A Helpful Form of Transport" Fine Art Limited Edition, 26 x 20 inches, Signed, Stamped with the seal of The Jonathan Routh Collection
  • "Pa Stala Dies (Pasta Ladies)" Fine Art Limited Edition, 20 x 28 inches, Signed, Stamped with the seal of The Jonathan Routh Collection
  • "At the famous Game Restaurant Queen Victoria summons a Waiter to complain that there's a Hare in her Soup - Cafe des Doges et Chats" Fine Art Limited Edition, 20 x 25 inches, Signed, Stamped with the seal of The Jonathan Routh Collection
  • "Queen Victoria Doing Something (or maybe Going Somewhere) in Jamaica with Pet Dwarfs" Fine Art Limited Edition, 20 x 26 inches, Signed, Stamped with the seal of The Jonathan Routh Collection
  • "A Novel Way of Crossing a Waterfall Without Getting Wet" Fine Art Limited Edition on Canvas, 26 x 20 inches, Signed, Stamped with the seal of The Jonathan Routh Collection
  • "The Right and Proper Way to Master the Basic One-Handed Backhand" Fine Art Limited Edition, 26 x 20 inches, Signed, Stamped with the seal of The Jonathan Routh Collection
  • "Queen Victoria and The Macanudo Procession" Fine Art Limited Edition, 16 x 20 inches, Matted & Framed: 20 x 24, Signed, Stamped with the seal of The Jonathan Routh Collection
  • "Admirable Behaviour of the Natives During the Battle of Palm Beach 1537 (Spaniards 12,  Indians 0)" Acrylic on panel, 15 x 26 inches, Framed: 19.125 x 30.25 inches, Inscribed and Signed, ORIGINAL MR.BIG HAND CARVED FRAME, Mint condition N/A
  • "A picture, this one, of - for this artist - very considerable subtlety. And suspense. The Queen, with an unknown but dignified male companion, walks along a country lane. In her path, relics of the staple product of the country she is visiting. The suspense is unbearable. Will H.M. fail to see the rotting object in a temporary loss of the Royal equilibrium? And yet the artist refrains from depicting this obvious mishap. Out of loyalty? Respect for the old Queen? A regard for, or vested interest in Bananas? No. Simply he fears he is not sufficiently proficient an artist to portray a Royal personage slipping, falling, lying spreadeagled. Hence he describes his picture as subtle, suspenseful. Pass on to the next one quickly." Acrylic on panel, 17 x 13 inches (including frame), Signed and Inscribed
  • "Fig. IV" Acrylic on panel, 17 x 13 inches (including frame), Signed and dated
  • "December 1941, Palm Beach Faces up to the Prospect of Total War" Acrylic on panel, 15 x 26 inches, Framed: 9.25 x 30.5 inched, Inscribed and Signed, ORIGINAL MR.BIG HAND CARVED FRAME, Mint condition N/A
  • "Dwarf Tossing in Jamaica (when Queen Victoria is off the island)" Acrylic on board, 22 x 18 inches, Inscribed and Signed N/A
  • “Queen Victoria Attempting A Novel Form of Aquatic Progress for The Native Jamaicans” Acrylic on panel, 20 x 16 inches, Signed & Dated lower right 1978, N/A
  • "Tshaikovski's dance of the Dwarf - Tossers in rehearsal at La Scala Opera House, Havana, Cuba" Acrylic on board, 15 x 11 inches, Signed & Inscribed, N/A
  • "Queen Victoria Reclining on Her Leopard Skin Chaise Whilst Receiving Official Guests at Her Unofficial Jamaican Residence" Oil on canvas, 16 x 16 inches, Framed: 18 x 18 inches, Signed and Dated 1972, N/A
  • "Queen Victoria Water Skiing off Gasparilla Island" Acrylic on board, 22 x 18 inches, Inscribed and Signed, N/A
  • "Queen Victoria visiting Madame Evelyn’s Sporting House in Port-Au-Prince to take Tea with some of the Young Ladies" Acrylic on board, 22 x 18 inches, Inscribed and Signed, N/A
  • "LA Regina Victoria Jiocondo 'Strip - Poker' con Mr. Papa in Toscana" Acrylic on board, Inscribed and Signed, N/A
  • "THE ROYAL FAMILY in JAMAICA - doing their Famous 'Balcony Act' at the OFFICIAL RESIDENCE" Acrylic on panel, 30 x 45 inches, Framed: 38 x 53 inches, N/A. Inscription details from left to right: Dowager Duchess of Glouster, His Grace the Duke of Connaught (deceased), Princess Margaret, -?- BROUGHT BY FERGIE?, QUEEN ELIZABETH, The QUEEN MOTHER, H.M. QUEEN ELIZABETH, PRINCE PHILIP, PRINCESS ANN-MARIE – SOPHIA ZU BALSAMICO, UND VON DOTTI-MERVELDT (PHILIP’S ALLEGED RELATIVE), PRINCESS MICHAEL OF KENT, PRINCESS MARGARET (AGAIN), PRINCE CHARLES, PRINCE ANDREW, NANNY TOPLESS, PRINCESS WILLIAM, PRINCESS HARRY, DIRTY HUGO, THE Odd-Job Man
  • Jonathan Routh Fine Art Limited Editions
  • Jonathan & Shelagh Routh ~ March 19th,2008 at The Inaugural Exhibition of The Jonathan Routh Fine Art Editions Collection in The Pineapple Room at Round Hill, Jamaica
  • "Queen Victoria Riding Her Bicycle with her Pet Cheetah, A Helpful Form of Transport" Fine Art Limited Edition, 30 x 24 inches, Signed, Stamped with the seal of The Jonathan Routh Collection
  • "A Novel Way of Crossing a Waterfall Without Getting Wet" Fine Art Limited Edition on Canvas, 30 x 24 inches, Signed, Stamped with the seal of The Jonathan Routh Collection
  • "The Right and Proper Way to Master the Basic One-Handed Backhand" Fine Art Limited Edition, 30 x 24 inches, Signed, Stamped with the seal of The Jonathan Routh Collection
  • "Perfecting One's Drive" Fine Art Limited Edition, 30 x 24 inches, Signed, Stamped with the seal of The Jonathan Routh Collection
  • "Attempting a Novel Form of Aquatic Progress" Fine Art Limited Edition, 30 x 24 inches, Signed, Stamped with the seal of The Jonathan Routh Collection
  • "What's Where at Round Hill" Fine Art Limited Edition, 23 x 23 inches, Signed, Stamped with the seal of The Jonathan Routh Collection
  • "Round Hill View to West" Fine Art Limited Edition, 23 x 23 inches, Signed, Stamped with the seal of The Jonathan Routh Collection
  • "The Egg Eaters: Queen Victoria and her Small Friend Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec i the Egg Room at Old Round Hill (circa May 1891)" Fine Art Limited Edition, 30 x 24 inches, Signed, Stamped with the seal of The Jonathan Routh Collection
  • “Queen Victoria and her Small Friend Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec enjoy a Wee Drink at their Rented Jamaican Villa” Fine Art Limited Edition, 30 x 24 inches, Signed, Stamped with the seal of The Jonathan Routh Collection
  • "Queen Victoria Watches Young Jamaican Girls Practice their Umbrella Dancing" Fine Art Limited Edition, 16 x 16 inches, Signed, Stamped with the seal of The Jonathan Routh Collection
  • "Ora Ngemer Chan Tsattrya II" Fine Art Limited Edition, 24 x 30 inches, Signed, Stamped with the seal of The Jonathan Routh Collection
  • "Pa Stala Dies (Pasta Ladies)" Fine Art Limited Edition, 24 x 30 inches, Signed, Stamped with the seal of The Jonathan Routh Collection
  • "The British ROyal Family In Jamaica - Doing their Famous Balcony Act at the Official Residence at Round Hill" Fine Art Limited Edition, 24 x 30 inches, Signed, Stamped with the seal of The Jonathan Routh Collection
  • "Grand Slam over Tryall: On a Court of their own devising play the Brothers Joseph and Edgar Cullman" Fine Art Limited Edition, 24 x 30 inches, Signed, Stamped with the seal of The Jonathan Routh Collection
  • "Oeufs Frits Matisse" Fine Art Limited Edition, 24 x 30 inches, Signed, Stamped with the seal of The Jonathan Routh Collection
  • "Queen Victoria Doing Something (or maybe Going Somewhere) in Jamaica with Pet Dwarfs" Fine Art Limited Edition, 24 x 30 inches, Signed, Stamped with the seal of The Jonathan Routh Collection
  • "The 1st Johnnie Walker World Championship, played at Tryall Golf Club, Jamaica" Fine Art Limited Edition, 24 x 30 inches, Signed, Stamped with the seal of The Jonathan Routh Collection
  • "At the famous Game Restaurant Queen Victoria summons a Waiter to complain that there's a Hare in her Soup - Cafe des Doges et Chats" Fine Art Limited Edition, 24 x 30 inches, Signed, Stamped with the seal of The Jonathan Routh Collection
  • "Giant Wild Fried Eggs Running Amok and Terrorizing Guests at Round Hill, Jamaica" Fine Art Limited Edition, 16 x 20 inches, Signed, Stamped with the seal of The Jonathan Routh Collection
  • "Columbus Discovers Round Hill, Jamaica, May 6th 1494" Fine Art Limited Edition, 16 x 20 inches, Signed, Stamped with the seal of The Jonathan Routh Collection
  • "Queen Victoria and The Macanudo Procession" Fine Art Limited Edition, 16 x 20 inches, Signed, Stamped with the seal of The Jonathan Routh Collection
  • Adam and Eve
  • Beefeater January 1991
  • The further Adventures of Bo Polk and his Concubonks No XVI: Déjeuner sur L'herbe (et avec l'herbe?) á Round Hill
  • "The Right and Proper Way to Master the Basic One-Handed Backhand" Limited edition on canvas, 30 x 24 inches, Signed, Stamped with the seal of The Jonathan Routh Collection
  • The Bouncing Eggs of BARBICAN BAY
  • Brenda's Car Wash
  • Brenda's Elephant Wash
  • In the end, when he reached Cobra, it looked just like all the other places he'd passed - but with great mountains - and two pelicans
  • Christopher Columbus explains to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain his plan for travelling to Japan - 3000 miles away from Spain, Colombus claims - if he sails in a Westerly direction
  • Eventually - some 60 days after he leaves Spain - Columbus finds land - what he thinks is Japan (but is in reality a small Bahama). He claims it in the name of Ferdinand and Isabella.
  • Christopher Columbus at Round Hill
  • from 'THE MAN WHO MADE THE BIGGEST MISTAKE IN THE WORLD' (the story of Columbus crossing the Atlantic) 'Members of the crew claimed to see great sea serpents in the sea, chasing and trying to drown them, and fishes which jumped over the boats.
  • The day before he plans to sail back to Spain in the NINA Columbus gives a Farewell Dinner at the Fort built out of the wrecked Santa Maria's remains.
  • COLUMBUS's FRIED EGG (Facsimile Model based on Research by M.B.L.W.I. in association with C.R.A.P.) 1492-1992
  • Columbus watched as his med tried to lie on the hammocks of the Dark-skins without falling out
  • Before returning to Spain, Columbus and his boats - the Santa Maria, Nina and Pinta continue sailing through the islands of 'Japan' searching for the pepper and gold Ferdinand has said he needs from there.
  • 'They found a good beach where they could pull the boats up and turn them on their sides and carry out the repairs they needed'
  • Chase Bank
  • DWARF-TOSSING at TRYALL The scene on TRYALL Golf Course when the EAGLES NEST Dwarf-Tossing Team to a Match to decide who should have the Tossing Rights to the 8th Hole of the Course, according tot he Rites; and so still today both sides make use of the Pitch whenever they wish.
  • Dwarfs In River
  • EMPEROR FRANZ JOSEF with the young Josef Forstmayr
  • Ferris Wheel
  • HENRI et MICHELLE OEUF-FRIT (CAP FERRAT 1950) (1958)
  • Fantastically beautiful HANDMAIDENS (and FOOTMAIDENS) harvesting JAMAICA'S most famous product, the WILD PASTA grown at EUREKA on TRYALL and taking it away by AET (ANGELONE ELEPHANT TRANSPORT) to the PORT of LUCEA for shipment by FAST STEAMBOAT to NAPLES in ITALY where it will be jealously distributed amongst all the great GOURMET RESTAURANTS of NAPLES and the AMALFI COAST
  • Hanover Hunt
  • HAPPY (B) OEUFDAY SHEILA with much love from Shelagh + Jonathan Roeuf
  • HAPPY OEUF-DAY EDGAR Much Love Shelagh + Jonathan Routh
  • For centuries people have been searching for the Great Treasure (said to be 800,000 Pieces of Gold) that HENRY MORGAN - Pirate first, then a Sir and Lt. Governor of Jamaica - is supposed to have buried near Round Hill. Now the searchers are thinking of Round Hill's scabd - so Bathers Beware.
  • A First Attempt at Hope Markes
  • Johnnie Walker World Championship Tryall Golf Club Jamaica December 19-22, 1991
  • Last Supper
  • LEONARDO da VINCI and MONA LISA on Holiday at ROUND HILL in JAMAICA (THEY CAME TOURIST CLASS on COLUMBUS's SECOND VOYAGE)
  • Leonardo da Vinci and Mona Lisa
  • Leonardo da Vincia and Nuns
  • Liberty at Tryall
  • LOOKING FOR A NEEDLE IN THE HAYSTACK
  • NEUF OEUFS
  • No one had told Babette that life around here hast' swimming past was Life in the Raw. But her first morning visit there she quickly took it in equally quickly jumped in the pool, wearing her skirt. And when she came out claimed she'd been given one of those towels which never dry.
  • LXXV
  • Oeufs Frites 'Melody'
  • Matisse Cryptic
  • BRINGING IN THE PASTA HARVEST AT TRYALL IN THE GOOD OLD DAYS
  • DAISY'S MILLENIUM CAR WASH
  • Mona Lisa of Oval
  • ROUND HILL NEW YEARS EVE DECEMBER 31st 1999 - START THE EVE WITH A PINK MANGO BELLINI
  • Zippered Sea
  • Pineapple Head Girls Dancing
  • Mona Lisa Pasta
  • HENRI MATISSE during his visit to ROUND HILL in 1930 was initially unable to find canvasses to paint upon, se he turned his attentions to the walls of his Cottage (the cost of repairing and repainting which was eventually placed on his bill). Subsequently a friend produced canvasses for...
  • Celebration & Tasting of the New Year's Pasta Harvest at Windrush on Tryall
  • Venice at Round Hill 2
  • Very High Tide at Tryall
  • Unknown Beach House
  • NOTICE THE TROUBLE WITH THE OLD TRYALL NO. 5 TENNIS COURT WS THAT IT WS RIGHT ON THE BEACH BY THE 3RD HOLE FO THE GOLF COURSE. SO WHEN A GOLFER'S BALL LANDED ON THE COURT THERE WERE ALWAYS GREAT ROWS AND DISPUTES ESPECIALLY IF HE INSISTED ON TAKING HIS NEXT SHOT FROM THERE - PROBLEM ONLY RESOLVED WHEN A SMALL HURRICANE WASHED THE COURT AWAY (1961)
  • The TUSCAN PAST A TREE
  • Rachel + Patrick This is what we really wanted to give you as a Weddig Present. - Trouble was we couldn't find a box big enough to wrap it up in. So, maybe next time - or 10 or 20th Annivre - sary perhaps. Much Love to you LUV Shelagh + Jonathan Routh
  • Rachel + Patrick This is what we really wanted to give you as a Weddig Present. - Trouble was we couldn't find a box big enough to wrap it up in. So, maybe next time - or 10 or 20th Annivre - sary perhaps. Much Love to you LUV Shelagh + Jonathan Routh
  • SWEEPING UP OLD DWARFS after a DWARF-TOSSING CONTEST
  • The Annual Stilt Race at Round Hill is rarely without some Uniform (if uncomfortable) Spectacles.
  • Skyscraper
  • Seascape - Queen Victoria Mosquito Cove
  • Santa Yellow Balloon
  • MAKINK RUM on the MAGGOTY RIVER near TRYALL in HANOVER, JAMAICA
  • At Round Hill Cottage the Lady of the House accompanies the ...
  • Red Square
  • RAT HALL at Mosquito Cove in the Parish of HANOVER, Seat of Covnt (Count) KENNETH DIACRE de LIANCOVRT
  • The PROSPECT of TRYALL in Hanover from MAHOGANY HILL
  • The PROSPECT of MONTEGO from TRYALL GREAT HOVSE at A QUARTER to SIX of the MORNING
  • Wishing you a Very Happy Christmas and the Pineapple of a New Year
  • Picking and packing wild cigars near Lucea
  • Picture of a Man playing a Piano in the Sea - HAPPY BIRTHDAY HOPE!
  • Phalic Monument
  • Miss Round Hill Pineapple 2006
  • Pineapple Head Royal Family
  • The ROYALS ARAFT at ROUND HILL
  • Pinapple Head Oeuf Mattisse
  • A Curious Hazard on the TRYALL GOLF COURSE at the time of the JAMAICAN PASTA HARVEST
  • Orange Harvest
  • MARILYN MONROE at TRYALL (1965) Miss Monroe's Figure Based On Photo By Richard Aveton

British, (1927-2008)

Jonathan Routh was a painter, author, and actor born November 24, 1927, in England. At Cambridge University he researched Queen Victoria and participated in theatrical projects. He founded the groundbreaking Candid Camera TV programme. He has written a series of books with such diverse titles as “The Nuns Go on Holiday,” and the legendary “The Secret Life of Queen Victoria.” He spent most of the years of his life in Jamaica. He has exhibited often at Harmony Hall, and in London, Paris, Rome, Palm Beach, New York, and Washington.

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Routh featured Queen Victoria in a string of paintings inspired by life at the renowned Jamaican resort, Round Hill – one of them featuring the “unamused” monarch water-skiing – and in the book, The Secret Life of Queen Victoria (1979).

The book aimed to cover Queen Victoria’s disappearance between 22 March and 10 June 1871. Lord Braborough released extracts of what he alleged was the diary the Queen kept during her visit to Jamaica, which coincided with these dates.

Television work

Following a success with Candid Radio, Routh started Candid Camera around 1961 for ABC TV. Following a long dispute with the American lawyers of Allen Funt as to who held the rights to Candid Camera, Routh moved on to new fields, working with John Beard for Granada TV, along with Germaine Greer and Kenny Everett in Nice Time. He also worked in television advertising on spots such as J. Walter Thompson’s for Smarties and Kellogg’s Corn Flakes, appearing also in some spots himself, for example, Newcastle Brown Ale.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UK Candid Camera Classics – Shopping

UK Candid Camera Classics – The Interpreter

UK Candid Camera Classics – Gangle Pin

UK Candid Camera Classics – The Witness Marriage

UK Candid Camera Classics – Follow My Leader

UK Candid Camera Classics

UK Candid Camera Classics

UK Candid Camera Classics – Compilation

UK Candid Camera Classics – Censored Newspaper

UK Candid Camera Classics – Man In The Middle

Jamaica Holiday – The Secret Life of Queen Victoria

What’s not to like about a book that includes the following entry in its index: “Victoria, Queen: removes one of her under vests, 9; speaks highly of Bubble & Squeak, 11; refuses a goat chop for breakfast, 15; contrite about not opening an Aberdeen waterworks, 15; has golden syrup spilt over her, 26; runs, jumps, and somersaults, 29; walks on a tightrope, 33; shot out of a cannon, 37; dons eagle’s wings, 40; swings through a forest, 40; makes balloon ascent, 42; plays tiddlywinks with Miss Biggy the Fat Lady, 53; imitates a hen, 65; bargains for a goat, 66; visits a dubious establishment, 71; involved in a bar brawl, 71-72; in prison, 72; with hiccoughs, 77; upside down, 86; catches a packet, 88.”

Jamaica Holiday: The Secret Life of Queen Victoria by Jonathan Routh, first published in 1979, purports to be the diary kept by the queen during an incognito visit to the island in 1871. The queen gets up to all sorts of adventures, all related through wry prose and more than three dozen whimsical paintings. She goes golfing and water skiing, learns to limbo dance and twirl the hula hoop, consorts with a sugar planter who prefers not to wear clothes, and smokes the wacky weed, among many other improbable, and hilarious, things.

This charming book is out of print, but signed first edition copies are readily available from the Chisholm Gallery, LLC.

Routh himself is a very interesting character, a former British television star who developed Candid Camera for ABC in the early 1960s and the author of tongue-in-cheek guides to public toilets and tea shops in London, Paris, and New York City.

Guidebooks created with John Glashan

With John Glashan, Routh created an unusual set of small guidebooks: The Good Loo Guide and The Good Cuppa Guide (both about London), The Guide Porcelaine to the Loos of Paris, and The Better John Guide (about New York). The humor owed much to the apparent seriousness, and to the affectionate parody of the connoisseurship of The Good Food Guide (then as now a trove of information on fine eating).

The Good Loo Guide

The Good Loo Guide, a compact fifty-page booklet subtitled “Where to Go in London,” written with Brigid Segrave and “conveniently illustrated” by John Glashan, was the first of the series, published in London by Wolfe in 1965. A note on the copyright page sets the tone: “This is an impartial guide. Our visits to loos have been anonymous. We have not declared ourselves even after making use of the establishment’s facilities. Nor have we at any time accepted hospitality, but paid cash for all chargeable facilities we have used. Loos are rated by the application of stars, three-star establishments being ‘worth traveling out of your way to experience.’” The illustrations are numerous as well as convenient, with Glashan’s characters (typically bearded men) experiencing various adventures and misadventures. The “Completely New & Revised” edition of 1968 lives up to its billing. More is included, and ten establishments earn a new award, the “Good Loo Royal Flush.” Two decades later, Routh (but not Glashan) would reexamine this issue with the Initial Good Loo Guide, on which see below.

The Good Cuppa Guide

The Good Cuppa Guide: Where to Have Tea in London, published in 1966, was “blended” by Routh and “milked and sugared” by Glashan. The format and charm (and, in its day, usefulness) are those of the Good Loo Guide. Providers of cuppas are rated with a maximum of five stars.

Guide Porcelaine to the Loos of Paris

In the Guide Porcelaine to the Loos of Paris (1966), Routh must, of course, provide not only locations and descriptions but also convenient phrases for the nervous English tourist. An example: Donnez-moi les ordres simples pour atteindre le pissoir le plus pres d’ici; et, s’il vous plait, sans les gesticulations sauvages et tumultueuses [no diacritics in the original], i.e. Please direct me to the nearest loo in simple terms and without waving your hands in too dangerous a manner. A French translation also appeared: Guide porcelaine des “lieux” de Paris (Editions de la Jeune Parque, 1967).

The Better John Guide

Unlike the three-and-sixpenny (£0.21) booklets described above, The Better John Guide: Where to Go in New York (New York: Putnam, 1966) was a $2.50 hardback. Written with Serena Stewart, it had “graffiti” by Glashan. Unfortunately, this graffiti is largely recycled from the convenient illustrations of The Good Loo Guide. Some of the text was recycled too —understandably so, as neither work was likely to have been known in the other capital.

The Nuns’ books

The Nuns Go to Africa, London: Methuen, 1971. The Nuns Go to Penguin Island, London: Methuen, 1971. The Nuns Go East, London: Methuen, 1972. The Nuns Go West, London: Methuen, 1972.

Other books by Jonathan Routh

The Little Men in My Life, London: Barrie, 1953. (Reissued in 1962 as An Exhibition of Myself) Captain d’Arcy’s Filthy Picture Book, London: Wolfe, 1967. Dr. Crocker’s Exercise Book, London: Wolfe, 1967. The Hangover Book: Prevention, preparation, treatment and cure, London: Wolfe, 1967. So You Think You’ve Got Problems: A book of disasters, London: Wolfe, 1967. Routh’s Weekend Guide, London: Anthony Blond, 1969. Jamaica Holiday: The Secret Life of Queen Victoria, London: Harmony Hall, 1984. Jonathan Routh’s Initial Good Loo Guide: Where to “go” in London, London: Banyan, 1989. ISBN 0-7119-1282-3 Illustrated by Enzo Apicella, this paperback is considerably larger than the earlier work by Routh and Glashan. The odd title derives from the book’s sponsorship by Initial Textile Services, a company that serviced loos. Notas de Cocina de Leonardo Da Vinci(Hardcover) by Leonardo da Vinci (Author), Shelagh Routh (Compiler).

Additional links

Jonathan Routh’s Television Work and Books
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Jonathan Routh’s Wikipedia Entries

Jonathan Routh’s About Us Page & Obituaries

Jonathan Routh is surreal funny – A spot of British humor takes a shot at Newport – August 30, 1981

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