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 Joanne Pemberton Longman  (1918 - 1973)

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The following is excerpted from a discussion board entry by Judy Hortin:

Who is Joanne Pemberton Longman? Some of her pictures are coming up for auction on both sides of the Atlantic; some of her flower paintings were selected for a special issue of British Stamps. Her sea shell paintings were chosen by one of the Wildlife charities to be used on mass produced plastic cups and trays. The plastic trays with her sea shell pictures are a very poor representation of her art and people in UK charity shops find it hard to get more than a few coppers for them.  

Joanne's career as an artist was interrupted when was young.  She has only three career options open to her. She and other single women of her age had to choose one of three options. They could 1) Join the Armed Forces. 2) Work in an armaments factory or 3) Join the Land Army.  Joanne chose option three.  She was posted to a family home in Northwood Middlesex with a garden which was large enough to be classed as a market garden.  Joanne discovered something in that home, which most artists of her ilk dream about and some (including Dame Laura Knight) never discover.  Joanne longed to find a pupil with a talent which she considered to be greater than her own.  The pupil she discovered there was a fifteen year old schoolboy with only two passions in life (painting and pigs).  Joanne became another of his passions but people did not talk about things of that nature in public when he was young.  The effect that this beautiful woman with her flaming red hair and hour glass figure had on callow youths is best kept to the imagination.  The sight of this woman wielding a pick axe or a fourteen pound hammer was a sight that really inspired her pupil to produce his best art work.. How do I know?  The pupil was my brother and Joanne Pemberton Longman became the nearest thing to a family member.  She shared our family home during World War II.  When either Joanne or my brother sat down to paint, what one or the other claimed would be a “magnum opus” I hung around begging them, to put one of my favourite a cats in the picture. Cats were welcome everywhere in out home but they were not allowed near the artists for fear that they would try to drink water with Prussian Blue pigment.   Pigs were the biggest menace, they would wait till one of the artists vacated his or her seat then turn easels, paint boxes etc over and eat anything left for it to investigate for taste including some expensive oil paints.

As Joanne had Land Army experience, she had to clean out pig sties whether she liked it or not.  She used to come to stay with us after the war and was aware that pigs were very clean animals so she did not mind having them around.  We moved from Northwood to a farm in Essex and she drew quite a few pigs there.  Her pig drawings were stunning.  She found one of my brother’s favourite pigs having an afternoon snooze with a cat on the floor of our tractor shed. That cat picture was the only one she drew for me. I will never forget that pig and cat picture.

My brother died before Joanne but he got his first painting hung in the first room of The Royal Academy when he was only 17.

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