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John Brophy

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John Brophy, by Elliott & Fry, 1942 - NPG x82062 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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John Brophy

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate negative, 1942
Purchased, 1996
Photographs Collection
NPG x82062

Sitterback to top

  • John Brophy (1899-1965), Novelist. Sitter in 5 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • Elliott & Fry (active 1863-1962). Artist associated with 10984 portraits.

Events of 1942back to top

Current affairs

The Oxford Committee for Famine Relief is founded in Oxford with the aim of sending food through the Allied blockade of Nazi-Occupied Greece. The organisation continued after the war to relieve suffering as a result of the war in Europe, and eventually to help distressed peoples internationally. It gradually became known as Oxfam, after its telegraph address, and is now one of the largest international development and aid agencies.

Art and science

Desert Island Discs is broadcast for the first time. Each week a famous guest is invited to select which eight pieces of music they would choose to take if they were castaway on an island. The show is still going and is the longest running music programme on radio.
Enid Blyton publishes her first Famous Five children's book: Five On A Treasure Island.


The Allied forces sign the 'Declaration by United Nations', pledging the signatories to fight together until the end of the war and establishing an international organisation with the aim of upholding world peace and security with Sir Gladwyn Jebb as the first Secretary General.
In Berlin, senior Nazis plan the 'Final Solution' to exterminate European Jews, and start building death camps to carry it out.

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John Drobnicki

01 April 2016, 21:40

According to Contemporary Authors:
Writer. With Egyptian Civil Service for two years in the 1920s; former department store manager; former advertising agency copywriter; critic for Daily Telegraph, Time and Tide, and British Broadcasting Corp.; editor of John O'London's, 1940-43. Military service: British Army; served in France and Belgium in World War I; writer of Home Guard training manuals in World War II; became captain.

Family: Born December 6, 1899, in Liverpool, England; died November 13, 1965; son of John and Agnes (Bodell) Brophy; married Charis Weare Grundy, June 6, 1924; children: Brigid Antonia (Mrs. Michael Levey). Education: University of Liverpool, B.A., 1922; University of Durham, Diploma in Education, 1923. Politics: "A floating vote." Religion: Christian. Hobbies and other interests: The theatre, walking, cricket, and hockey. Memberships: PEN (London), Society of Authors, National Book League, Reform Club.

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