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38 People in sitter grouping: Bloomsbury

At the beginning of the 20th century in London's Bloomsbury district, an amalgamation of sets such as the Apostles and Vanessa Bell's Friday Club formed the first Bloomsbury Group, a society for the free-thinking intellectuals of the day, united by their belief in the pursuit of art and pleasure. The group's roots lay in the earlier Clapham Sect, and they shared the same left wing values of progressive thought and support for their friends' creative undertakings. In the group's history a divide can be seen between the 'old' and 'new' set, as changes and deaths in the 1920s and 30s brought in the younger generation, the sons and daughters of the original 'old' set. Although many principles remained the same, the rejection of their upper class heritage and privileging of love and life experiences, the 'new' set had a far stronger political stance, and many where conscientious objectors and members of political groups outside of Bloomsbury. The group did not survive the death of two of its key members, Lytton Strachey and Virginia Woolf, and by the end of the 1930s, the group that had never called itself a group had all but ceased to exist.

Rosamond Nina Lehmann

1901-1990
Novelist
Sitter in 22 portraits

Wyndham Lewis

1882-1957
Painter and novelist
Sitter in 18 portraits | Artist associated with 39 portraits

Lydia Lopokova

1892-1981
Ballet dancer; wife of Baron Keynes
Sitter in 20 portraits

Sir Desmond MacCarthy

1877-1952
Writer and critic
Sitter in 23 portraits

Mary ('Molly') MacCarthy (née Warre-Cornish), Lady MacCarthy

1882-1953
Writer; wife of Sir Desmond MacCarthy
Sitter in 11 portraits

George Leigh Mallory

1886-1924
Mountaineer
Sitter in 5 portraits

Wogan Philipps, 2nd Baron Milford

1902-1993
Communist; political activist and artist
Sitter in 3 portraits

Frances Catherine Partridge (née Marshall)

1900-2004
Author and literary journalist
Sitter in 9 portraits | Artist of 1 portrait

Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell

1872-1970
Philosopher and social reformer
Sitter in 113 portraits

Vita Sackville-West

1892-1962
Writer and gardener; wife of Sir Harold Nicolson
Sitter in 25 portraits

Adrian Stephen

1883-1948
Psychoanalyst; son of Sir Leslie Stephen
Sitter in 7 portraits

Karin Stephen

1889-1953
Psychologist
Sitter in 29 portraits

Alix Strachey (née Sargant-Florence)

1892-1973
Psychologist and translator; wife of James Strachey
Sitter in 32 portraits | Artist associated with 10 portraits

James Beaumont Strachey

1887-1967
Psychoanalyst and translator
Sitter in 43 portraits | Artist associated with 5 portraits

Marjorie Strachey

1882-1962
Writer
Sitter in 19 portraits

Pippa Strachey

1872-1968
Suffragist
Sitter in 32 portraits

Saxon Arnold Sydney-Turner

1880-1962
Civil servant
Sitter associated with 3 portraits

Leonard Sidney Woolf

1880-1969
Writer and publisher
Sitter in 7 portraits