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A Signed Presentation portrait of Edwina Mountbatten, 1940

Quarter length portrait photograph Countess Mountbatten in St John’s Ambulance uniform by Bassano. Inscribed, dated and signed in the lower mount in the sitter’s hand. Framed and glazed.

The Hon. Edwina Cynthia Annette (née Ashley), Countess Mountbatten of Burma (1901-1960) was the daughter of the 1st Baron Mount Temple. She married Lord Louis Mountbatten in what was dubbed ‘the wedding of the year’ in 1921. At the outbreak of the Second World War, she became an important advocate for the St John Ambulance Brigade’s medical services. In 1941 during a visit the United States she further raised the profile of both the British Red Cross and the Brigade. In 1942 she was appointed Superintendent-in-Chief. In 1945 she was heavily involved in the role that St John Ambulance played alongside the International Red Cross, in the repatriation of more than 90,000 Allied prisoners of war in South East Asia. She was made a Dame Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in 1946, and also received the American Red Cross Medal. In 1947-48 she continued her humanitarian work while Vicereine of India. Lady Mountbatten's time in India however was marked by a scandalous infatuation for the leader of the Indian National Congress, Jawaharlal Nehru.


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