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This selling exhibition, Elsbeth Juda: Grit and Glamour show in north London, features works from The Ambassador magazine, and subjects include Winston Churchill and sculptor Henry Moore, ballerina Margot Fonteyn, fashion models, artist Peter Blake and photographer Norman Parkinson.

Juda, known as Jay, worked as a commercial photographer for 45 years. She was born in Germany in 1911 and fled the Nazis with her husband Hans in 1933. In 1946, Hans relaunched the established trade journal International Textiles as The Ambassador magazine, focused on promoting British fashion, art, culture, trade and industry for the global export market. With Hans as editor and Juda as in-house photographer and associate editor, The Ambassador was published monthly with subscribers in over 90 countries.


Henry Moore in his studio at Much Hadham, Hertfordshire, working on King and Queen, 1953 © Elsbeth Juda. It is among the works on show at the ‘Elsbeth Juda: Grit and Glamour’ exhibition at The Jewish Museum.

Juda (1911-2014) also worked for advertising companies and fashion magazines including Harper’s Bazaar. She was well connected within the art world, giving her access to some of the UK’s most famous artist, designers and personalities of the time.

The photographs in the exhibition are for sale, priced from £2200, framed. They are being sold by L'Equipement des Arts Limited.

L'Equipement des Arts, founded in 2007, created this series of limited signed edition photographs with Juda in 2009. There are additional photographs also available for purchase.

The exhibition begins today and runs until July 1.