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Probably Josephine ('Posy') Lee Guinness (née Strangman); Winston Churchill

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Probably Josephine ('Posy') Lee Guinness (née Strangman); Winston Churchill

by Lady Evelyn Hilda Stuart Moyne (née Erskine)
bromide print, 1934
6 1/4 in. x 4 in. (160 mm x 102 mm) image size
Given by Martin Plaut, 2014
Photographs Collection
NPG Ax183135

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Christopher Gould

15 October 2019, 13:04

I don't believe that the woman identified as "Posy" in this whole album is Mrs. Kenelm Lee Guinness. In my research for a book on Lord Moyne's voyages I have discovered evidence that suggests she is Comtesse Phyllis de Janzé (née Boyd).

First: I have viewed the visitor book of the yacht Rosaura and it identifies the guests for this voyage (26 September - 26 October, 1934) around the Mediterranean as: "Mr. and Mrs. Winston Churchill and Madame de Janzé." The visitor book is owned by one of Lord Moyne's grandchildren.

Second: Clementine Churchill sailed with Lord Moyne to SE Asia (Dec. 1934 - May 1935) and writes Winston from Rosaura on 22 December 1934, introducing Posy Guinness (a companion on this voyage) to him -- something that would not be needed had Winston met her on the previous voyage.

Thirdly: The woman pictured matches your other portraits of Madame de Janzé in your collection.

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