Pannett, Juliet. (3 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)

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    Grenier, Janet, (speaker, female)

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    Part 3. Not many women in the field. Working for Illustrated London News. Radio Times published many of her rehearsal drawings. Had to go to London each day, time consuming and stressful with home life. Details. Charcoal portraits of legal people including Lord Denning. Stephen Ward also working for ILN. Her children seemed pleased she had work. Both are now artists. Details. Denis worked at De Beers for 20 years, but painted all the time. Lizzie went to Brighton College of Art. Bad time, the painting was rubbish, it was 'the trend today'. JP went to a student exhibition there and came out in tears. 1962, sold house to developers, made a lot of money. Quantas asked her aboard first jet flight around the world with press, ILN agreed to do an article 1960. 31 flying hours, tying to break speed record. Did 100 drawings. Sir Bruce published a 4 page feature and map. 1964 on first flight to Hong Kong, with Quantas. Quantas mounted exhibition in London and New York. Details of travel, seeing sister in Vancouver in exchange for drawings for Air Canada. Later did portrait of the president of Air Canada. First flight to Israel with El Al. Worked for ILN 1956 - 63. Move back to Sussex. Pound House, where they still live. Loved living in the country. Women's Press Club. Teaching on board cruise ships, Rick came with her. Details. Met Van Gogh, who was the nephew of Vincent. New editor at ILN. Valued her pass to the House of Commons, had a pair of glasses made like field glasses. Col. Thorne, assistant Sergeant at Arms, not too happy having her around. Allowed to draw the Budget. New Editor 1962, everything changed, lost her job had to give her ticket back. Missed the Press Gallery, men not happy about her being there, but polite. Life at Pond House. Busy. Painted Barnes Wallis, and Lady Baden-Powell at Hampton Court Palace. Sitters talk, but JP prefers to listen to music. Still has regular exhibitions.

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