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Jan Ward (Jan de Villeneuve)

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Jan Ward (Jan de Villeneuve)

by Norman Parkinson
colour print, 1970
14 3/4 in. x 14 5/8 in. (376 mm x 372 mm)
Given by Norman Parkinson, 1981 in conjunction with the NPG exhibition 'Norman Parkinson: 50 Years of Portraits and Fashion'
Photographs Collection
NPG x30139

Sitterback to top

  • Jan Ward (Jan de Villeneuve) (1946-), Model; former wife of Justin de Villeneuve; mother of Poppy and Daisy de Villeneuve. Sitter in 5 portraits.

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  • Norman Parkinson (1913-1990), Photographer. Artist of 244 portraits, Sitter in 13 portraits.

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American model Jan Ward was photographed on location at Monument Valley, Utah wearing a Jean Muir dress. Ward later married the Sixties entrepreneur and promoter of Twiggy, Justin de Villeneuve. Their two daughters, Poppy and Daisy, are respectively an actress and an illustrator and are celebrated for their promotion of retro fashion plundered from their mother's wardrobe.

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Current affairs

Edward 'Ted' Heath wins a surprise victory for the Conservative party at the general election, becoming Prime Minister. Opinion polls had predicted a comfortable Labour victory, but with a failing economy, the Tories snatched a narrow last minute majority.

Art and science

Germaine Greer publishes The Female Eunuch, an influential feminist text arguing that women's sexuality and capacity for action are repressed by the family and their roles in society. Greer suggested that women should get to know their bodies and become empowered by their sexuality. The book was an international best seller.

International

Four aircraft are hijacked by Palestinian terrorists. The planes were landed in Cairo, Jordan and London and the hijackers demanded the release of Political Prisoners in exchange for the hostages. Several prisoners were returned and three of the planes were blown up after most of the hostages were release.
Four students are shot dead by national guardsmen during a protest against the Vietnam War in America.

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