Teresa Jungman

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Teresa "Baby" Jungman (9 July 1907 – 11 June 2010) was the younger daughter of Dutch-born artist Nico Wilhelm Jungmann. Along with her sister Zita, she was one of the "Bright Young Things" in the 1920s.

Her father was a naturalized British subject who, in 1900, married Beatrice Mackay, from a devout Roman Catholic family in Birmingham. They were divorced in 1918, after he had been interned in Germany because of his British citizenship. Nico died in 1935. Teresa’s mother, a notable hostess, then became the second of three wives of Richard Sidney Guinness (1873–1949),[1] one of the banking Guinnesses, and a paternal uncle of Thomas "Loel" Guinness. Beatrix Guinness was later killed in a bombing raid in the Second World War.

The eminent novelist Evelyn Waugh was greatly taken by her but his affection was unrequited, partly because she was a devout Catholic and he was divorced from his first wife. He met her in 1930, proposed to her in 1933, and was turned down flat. She was possibly the source for Lady Julia Flyte in Brideshead Revisited. She was also admired and photographed by Cecil Beaton.[clarification needed]

Jungman had many admirers during the 1920s and 1930s, including Lord Margesson, the Conservative Chief Whip; the 4th Lord Ebury (1883–1932), of the older generation; Lord David Cecil (1902–1986); “Bloggs” Baldwin (son of the Prime Minister); and the 7th Earl of Longford (then Frank Pakenham). Another admirer was the 9th Duke of Marlborough, whose second wife Gladys Deacon nearly cited Teresa in a divorce application.[2] However, Teresa married a Scottish-Canadian sergeant-major Graham Cuthbertson in 1940 and had two children, Penelope and Richard. Cuthbertson soon left her, her son Richard died in a car crash in 1965 while her daughter Penelope became second wife of Desmond Guinness.[3]

In later life, she lived with her sister Zita in reduced circumstances, until aided by a bequest from an old admirer Charlie Brocklehurst. However, she remained friendly with the social elite, and was a frequent visitor to events at which Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother was present. She died aged 102, her sister dying four years earlier in 2006, and was survived by her daughter Penny Guinness.

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  1. ^ This site says that he had four wives and Beatrice was the third of four wives. She was named in his divorce from his second wife Helene. Richard Sidney Guinness (4 March 1873- 14 January 1949), son of Richard Seymour Guinness, married 1stly January 1895 (div 1912) Emilie Weimer (b ca 1874) daughter of Capt Charles Weimer of the German Imperial Guards, 2ndly 1912 (div 1918) his sister-in-law Helene Weimer, daughter of Capt Weimer by a later marriage, 3rdly 1918 Mrs Beatrice Jungman nee Mackay, and lastly (after 1933) Ursula Frances Tremayne. Most sites ignore his second marriage to his first wife's half-sister, on the grounds that Guinness obtained an annulment of the second marriage (on the grounds that she was his first wife's half-sister!). Helene Guinness (née Weimer) was given an allowance of £2,000 annually.
  2. ^ Hugo Vickers; "The Jungman Sisters, Part II" in The New York Social Diary, 18 June 2010.
  3. ^ Telegraph obituary, 12 June 2010, p.29.

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