Jan Struther (Joyce Anstruther, later Placzek)

1 portrait of Jan Struther (Joyce Anstruther, later Placzek)

Jan Struther (Joyce Anstruther, later Placzek), by Fritz Reichl, 1947 - NPG 6665 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Jan Struther (Joyce Anstruther, later Placzek)

by Fritz Reichl
pencil, 1947
8 1/4 in. x 6 1/4 in. (209 mm x 160 mm)
Given by the sitter's son, Robert Maxtone Graham, 2004
Primary Collection
NPG 6665

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  • Fritz Reichl (1890-1959), Artist and architectural designer. Artist of 1 portrait.

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This drawing is the only known portrait of the sitter. It was made by Fritz Reichl, a friend of her future husband. It was signed with Reichl's monogram on a much larger sheet, which the sitter's son later cut down, pasting the monogram where we see it now. He wrote and pasted the note on the left 'to balance it'.

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Current affairs

Princess Elizabeth marries Philip Mountbatten at Westminster Abbey. Philip renounced his title of Prince of Greece and Denmark, to become Duke of Edinburgh when he married the heir to the throne.

Art and science

The first Edinburgh Festival includes performances by Kathleen Ferrier, Alec Guinness and Margot Fonteyn. The Festival is now a major annual international arts event that takes place over three weeks every August, and includes top class performers in theatre, music and dance as well as lesser-known performers who take part in the parallel 'Fringe Festival'.


India is granted independence from the British Empire and the former British Raj is partitioned into India and Pakistan. After various revolts and several years of civil disobedience led by Gandhi and his Quit India Movement, Britain agrees to disband the Raj and grant independence to India.
Palestine is partitioned into a Jewish State, an Arab State and a small internationally administered zone.

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David Haywood

30 May 2017, 15:13

I believe her services were employed by those in USA who required the then neutral country to be enlightened as to the ordinary plight of the British people. This when the UK and dominions were up against Nazi Germany and losing much needed resources, thanks to the all pervading U-Boat wolf packs. She provided much needed PR to the Allied cause. It has been said that this exhausted her, contributing to her various illnesses in later life.

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