Artist of 21 portraits
Pannett started painting at the age of three, and by seventeen knew she wanted to be a professional portraitist. Her career began in the 1940s with commissions from the Illustrated London News and other newspapers. As artist for the Illustrated London News from 1957 to 1964, she had her own seat in the press gallery of the House of Commons, from which she made a sketch of Sir Winston Churchill leaving for the last time. Pannett painted nine prime ministers, including Harold Wilson, James Callaghan, Edward Heath and Margaret Thatcher. She also portrayed more than a thousand soldiers, intellectuals, politicians, musicians, fellow artists and ordinary British people.
by Juliet Pannett