From: Matt Davies
<matt davies @ jssgallery.org>
Date: Fri, 12 Jul 2002
Born Annabel Grant Duff, daughter of Sir Mountstuart Grant Duff, one-time governor of Madras. Annabel spent some time in India as a child. in 1895 she married financier Frederick Huth Jackson. She befriended both Sargent and Lady Agnew. In 1932 she published her memoirs, A Victorian Childhood.
From: Peter de Loriol
I am a grandson of Annabel Huth Jackson.
Fri, 14 Feb 2003
I'm her youngest grandson! not yet 50, but coming up here close.
She was, according to my mother who was the youngest of her brood and stayed with her until she died, extremely bright, devoted to her husband, very liberal (she put on his tombstrone 'a great merchant, a great squire and a great lover'!...and that was in 1920! She was very ambitious for her children, (she always wanted to marry them off to a Duke or a peerage, and she managed to). She was also, but be very careful here, a lover of all things German - she admired Hitler, as so many of her class did. She was also a poet of some standing and knew all the people of her time.
You may know about the biography of her done by my aunt, Anne Fremantle, entitled 'A Three Cornered Heart'. This was a wild success in America in the 1970s and can probably be borrowed from any good library.
Most of the English society ladies JSS painted were all connected, i.e related in some way or other. His best friend Helleu painted a very good one of my paternal Grandmother, Countess de Loriol, entitled "The Feathered Hat".
Thu, 20 Feb 2003
The painting of my grandmother Huth Jackson is in American Hands. It is currently owned by the daughter of Hans Sonne, a sometime colleague of my grandfather who inherited it from his estate.
All the best,
Peter de Loriol
The image came from "The Portrait of a Lady: Sargent and Lady Agnew", by Julia Rayer Rolfe, with David Cannadine, Kenneth McConkey, and Wilfred Mellers. It was published by the Trustees of the National Galler of Scotland as the catalogue for the exhibit of the same name which was held there 8 August-19 October 1997.