Pannett, Juliet. (2 of 5). National Life Story Collection: Artists' Lives

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    1991-10-09 and 1992-02-11

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    Interviewee's home

  • Interviewees

    Pannett, Juliet, 1911- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Grenier, Janet, (speaker, female)

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    Part 2. First trip abroad with mother to Liege, Belgium to find brother who had had an accident. Other trips were through mother's paying guests. Details. Loved travelling. Trip to Capri to visit Janet Munro with friend Betty Murray Willis, mid 1930's. Saw Mussolini in Rome, train ride to Naples, details. Career at this stage, details. JP met Rick her future husband in 1937, in Bomsgrove at Betty Murray-Willis's. Thirteen years older than her, just retired from Army, bursar of Bomsgrove school. Details. She married 4th October 1938. Son Denis born, September 1939. They moved to Croydon, Rick rejoined his regiment in Exeter when War broke out. JP went to Hove to have the baby. Details. Nursing home, blackout procedure, stressed, unable to breastfeed. Difficult time with new baby, Rick good father and husband, and very supportive of her work as an artist. Her paid work helped them financially. Moved to Honiton where Rick was in charge of a camp. Stayed in 'Highland Fling' guest house. Bomb landed killing lost of cows. Details. Moved to Cumberland, School of Military Administration. Fuel shortage. Collecting coal from side of road. Lord Carlisle visited sometimes, gave Denis his breakfast. Went back to Hove , mother in nursing home, difficult time to find work. After War Denis got job at Rosehill School in Gloucester - low pay, but flat and free schooling for son. 1949 moved back to Croydon, Rick got post at Coombe Hill House. Denis went Uppingham Public School. Details. JP got some work at 'Croydon Advertiser' of some 'Croydon Types', (exhibited in Croyden in 1992, Fairfield Halls.) Daughter Lizzie went to Croydon High School for Girls. Difficult time financially, did sketches for 'Croydon Times', 'Kentish Times'. Met Malcolm Sargent at a reception and asked if she could come and sketch rehearsals. Many drawings of musicians. John McCulloch, head of BBC Third programme, remembered her drawings of the studios, Royal Philharmonic, Albert Hall. Exhibition at Wigmore Hall 3 years ago. Some are in National Portrait Gallery. Used to exhibit in 'Britain in Watercolour'. Illustrated London News editor, sir Bruce Ingram, commissioned her to draw first Peeress in House of Lords. Details.

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