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20 November 2019

NPG 6393; Jessica Dismorr by Jessica Dismorr

Jessica Dismorr is so fascinating that we have decided to devote this week on the Post to her and next week to ‘her contemporaries’. She had a nervous breakdown in 1920, her anguish possibly exacerbated by her experience as a war nurse. Books by Mary Borden, Cicely Hamilton (who wrote William in 1918 and couldn’t you imagine that you would have a nervous breakdown after writing it? Although CH didn’t in fact), Rebecca West and Vera Brittain leap to mind to explain this trauma. Here is JD in a 1926-7 self-portrait.  What is there to say about those sad staring eyes?

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