March 27th Jeanne du Maurier (Birth)

Jeanne du Maurier (1911 – 1996) who was the younger sister of Daphne du Maurier (May 13th)  studied at the Central School of Art in Southampton Row, where she studied drypoint printmaking and etching, before studying painting at St. John’s Wood School of Art.

Following the death of her famous, actor manager, Sir Gerald du Maurier (1934), she moved permanently to the family’s holiday home, ‘Ferryside’ near Fowey.
Jeanne du Maurier ceased painting during World War II, concentrating instead on running a market garden, and did not return to her art until 1945.

She rented a studio in St. Ives (1946) where she met, and became friends with, Dod Procter (July 31st).  Jeanne du Maurier and Procter spent much time together, wintering in Tenerife and, also, in southern Africa.

She moved to Manaton in the 1950s by which time she was exhibiting her work at the Royal Academy, concentrating mainly on still lifes, flowers and landscapes.

She died at Manaton in 1996.

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