I have been scouring the internet trying to get more news on the passing of Julian Marryshow in Barbados, but have not been able to confirm. So far, the only news I have found has been artist Corrie Scott’s “Passing of Crop Over’s Creator, Julian Marryshow” in The Bajan Reporter (19 July 2012). Julian Marryshow (son of Grenada’s T. A. Marryshow), who served as a fighter pilot in the R.A.F., is credited with reviving Crop Over in 1974, when he headed the board of the Barbados Tourism Committee. Corrie Scott provides an account (by Nina Gill) on Julian Marryshow and his observations on art in Barbados in the 70′s:
“As you probably remember, Douglas and I were good friends with Julian. One afternoon, we dropped by to see him and the house was completely open and he was not home. We went back the next day and the next, at various times, and he was never home and the house always wide open. We were completely concerned; Douglas made some phone calls, and was told that he was out of the country in England.
We went by to see him again after his return, and told him that the house was completely open, so whoever was looking after the house should be reprimanded. Julian’s comment was, ‘Oh no one was in charge of the house, just me.’ When we asked if he knew that he had left the house completely open, windows and doors, Julian said the only thing in the house worth stealing was art work, and the day that Barbadians became interested in stealing art he would rejoice and lock the house up. An amazing character.”
[Photo by Corrie Scott; http://www.corriescott.net/]