WW2 greetings card, Corporal Joan Pearson
WW2 greetings card, Corporal J.D.M. Pearson, official war picture by Laura Knight, official war picture from the National Gallery. The message inside reads: When an aircraft crashed near her quarters at a Royal Air Force Station, Corporal Pearson rushed out and, although the aircraft was burning and she knew that there were bombs aboard, she stood on the wreckage, roused the severely injured pilot, who was stunned, and assisted him to get clear, releasing his parachute harness in doing so. When he was on the ground, a 120 pound bomb went off about 30 yards away. Corporal Pearson at once threw herself on the top of the pilot to protect him from the blast and splinters. Her prompt and courageous action undoubtedly helped to save the pilots life. Joan Daphne Mary Pearson (1911-2000) was awarded the Empire Gallantry Medal (EGM), later to become the George Cross, for her heroism. Date: circa 1942
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Laura de Noves, Donna Laura, 1310-1348
Laura de Noves, Donna Laura, 1310-1348, subject of Francesco Petrarch's sonnets. From a painting by Wittmer after a church wall fresco now in the Uffizi Gallery. Chromolithograph from Hefner-Alteneck's Costumes, Artworks and Appliances from the Middle Ages to the 17th Century, Frankfurt, 1889. Illustration by Dr. Jakob Heinrich von Hefner-Alteneck, lithographed by C.R. Dr. Hefner-Alteneck (1811 - 1903) was a German museum curator, archaeologist, art historian, illustrator and etcher
Laura Knight at the circus
Dame Laura Knight, DBE (1877 - 1970) - English painter pictured sketching Bronette and Gonzalis, the lady aerialists at Olympia circus. The first woman to be elected to the Royal Academy since its foundation, Knight's paintings of behind the scenes at the ballet and the circus were among her finest works.
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