1 of 8 portraits of Jean Knox (née Leith-Marshall, later Lady Swaythling)
by Wide World Photos
vintage print, 28 July 1941
7 1/4 in. x 3 7/8 in. (185 mm x 100 mm) image size
Given by Terence Pepper, 2013
Sitterback to top
- Jean Knox (née Leith-Marshall, later Lady Swaythling) (1908-1993), Chief Controller of the Auxiliary Territorial Service; former wife of G.R.M. Knox, and later second wife of 3rd Baron Swaythling; daughter of G.G. Leith-Marshall. Sitter in 8 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Wide World Photos (active 1930s), Photographers. Artist associated with 20 portraits.
Events of 1941back to top
Current affairsThe Blitz continues with sustained Luftwaffe attacks on British cities. As the bombing went on the urban population got used to the black out, the air raid sirens and nights spent in shelter. The idea emerged (to some extent a myth) of the 'spirit of the Blitz' where people pulled together united, disregarding traditional class and social divisions.
Art and scienceFrank Whittle demonstrates the first test-flight of a plane powered by jet propulsion. Although the German, Hans von Ohain, built the first jet plane, Whittle was the first to patent a design for the jet engine (in 1930), and his subsequent work helped to advance the technology and made Britain leaders in the field.
InternationalThe Soviet Union and America join the Allies. The Soviet Union was forced to switch sides after Hitler attacked in June 1941, reneging the Soviet-Nazi pact. Six months later the US Navy was attacked by Japan at Pearl Harbour. The following day the USA declared war on Japan, and three days later Germany and Italy declared war on America.
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