Jeanne was the daughter of the famous actor Sir Gerald du Maurier and his actress wife Muriel Beaumont, and the younger sister of novelist Daphne. She studied at the Central School of Art in Southampton Row, and was in the life class under Bernard MENINSKY. She also studied drypoint and etching there. After she attended the St. John's Wood School of Art (studying painting under P F Millard) her first studio was in Hampstead, and she began exhibiting in 1938 with the RBA and SWA.
Following the death of her father and the outbreak of WWII, her family moved permanently to 'Ferryside' at Fowey, their holiday home since 1926. During the war she ran a market garden, putting her painting aside.
Her next exhibition was with STISA in the Autumn of 1945, opened by her mother Lady du Maurier. She took a studio in St Ives and again exhibited in 1946 where she met Dod PROCTER who asked her if she could paint her portrait. The two became close friends, spending three winters together, two in Tenerife and one in Africa. By the time she exhibited at the RA in the 1950s, Jeanne had moved to Manaton in Devon. She painted mostly still life, flowers, landscapes and the occasional portrait. Among her works exhibited at the RA were flower paintings.
Jeanne was also a member of the NSA, and exhibited with the Newlyn artists in 1977 at Pont-Aven in Brittany.
Painter of still life, flowers, landscapes and the occasional portrait, author
St Ives STISA Autumn 1945, Show Day 1946, 1947 and 1949 Touring Shows
RA (9) 1951-1958
Oxford One Woman Show (opened by Dame Ninette de Valois)
Beaux Arts Gallery, London Solo show (attended by the Queen)
NAG Newlyn in Pont Aven 1977
Penwith Society of Arts in Cornwall from 1949
NSA 1972-3 list
du Maurier (1951) It's only the Sister (Autobiography)
Hardie (1995) 100 Years in Newlyn: Diary of a Gallery
Johnson & Greutzner (1975) Dictionary of British Artists
McLeod, Alister J (1973) Newlyn Society of Artists 1895-1973 (NAG 12 page brochure)
Tate (1985) St Ives 1939-64, Twenty Five Years of Painting, Sculpture and Pottery
Tovey (2003) Creating a Splash