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Lytton Strachey

(1880-1932), Critic and biographer; son of Sir Richard Strachey

(Giles) Lytton Strachey

Sitter in 143 portraits
Artist associated with 5 portraits
The son of a soldier administrator in the Colonial Service, Strachey went to Trinity College, Cambridge in 1899. While at Cambridge, Strachey joined the ranks of the 'Apostles', a select group including Roger Fry, Maynard Keynes and E.M. Forster. These individuals later formed the nucleus of the Bloomsbury Group, and Strachey remained a central figure throughout the heyday of Old Bloomsbury, prior to the outbreak of the First World War. His iconoclastic biographical essays Eminent Victorians (1918), set a new standard for biography for the twentieth century, and Elizabeth and Essex (1928), about Queen Elizabeth I, was influential in the way it mixed biography with fiction.

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Lytton Strachey, by Simon Bussy - NPG 4595

Lytton Strachey

by Simon Bussy
pastel, 1904
NPG 4595

Lytton Strachey, by Dora Carrington - NPG 6662

Lytton Strachey

by Dora Carrington
oil on panel, 1916
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6662

Lytton Strachey, by Dora Carrington - NPG 6738

Lytton Strachey

by Dora Carrington
pencil, circa 1916
NPG 6738

Lytton Strachey, by Nina Hamnett - NPG 2215

Lytton Strachey

by Nina Hamnett
chalk, circa 1917
NPG 2215

Lytton Strachey, by Nicolas Clerihew Bentley - NPG 6842

Lytton Strachey

by Nicolas Clerihew Bentley
ink and watercolour on artist's board, circa 1928-1930
NPG 6842

Lytton Strachey, by John Smith Hazard - NPG x13075

Lytton Strachey

by John Smith Hazard
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1883
NPG x13075

Lytton Strachey, by John Smith Hazard - NPG x13076

Lytton Strachey

by John Smith Hazard
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1883
NPG x13076

Lytton Strachey, by John Smith Hazard - NPG x13077

Lytton Strachey

by John Smith Hazard
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1883
NPG x13077

Lytton Strachey, by John Smith Hazard - NPG x13078

Lytton Strachey

by John Smith Hazard
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1883
NPG x13078

Lytton Strachey, by W. & A.H. Fry (Walter & Allen Hastings Fry) - NPG x13079

Lytton Strachey

by W. & A.H. Fry (Walter & Allen Hastings Fry)
albumen cabinet card, circa 1885
NPG x13079

Lytton Strachey, by W. & A.H. Fry (Walter & Allen Hastings Fry) - NPG x13104

Lytton Strachey

by W. & A.H. Fry (Walter & Allen Hastings Fry)
albumen cabinet card, circa 1885
NPG x13104

Lytton Strachey, by W. & A.H. Fry (Walter & Allen Hastings Fry) - NPG x13080

Lytton Strachey

by W. & A.H. Fry (Walter & Allen Hastings Fry)
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1885
NPG x13080

The Strachey family, by Thomas Fall - NPG x13110

The Strachey family

by Thomas Fall
albumen print, 1885
NPG x13110

The Strachey family, by Graystone Bird - NPG x32166

The Strachey family

by Graystone Bird
albumen print on the photographer's printed mount, circa 1893
NPG x32166

The Strachey children, by Graystone Bird - NPG x13119

The Strachey children

by Graystone Bird
albumen print on the photographer's printed mount, circa 1893
NPG x13119

The Strachey family, by Graystone Bird - NPG x13122

The Strachey family

by Graystone Bird
albumen print on the photographer's printed mount, circa 1893
NPG x13122

The Strachey family, by Graystone Bird - NPG x13121

The Strachey family

by Graystone Bird
albumen print on the photographer's printed mount, circa 1893
NPG x13121

(Joan) Pernel Strachey; Lytton Strachey, by Unknown photographer - NPG x13084

(Joan) Pernel Strachey; Lytton Strachey

by Unknown photographer
vintage snapshot print, 1901-1902
NPG x13084

Lady Ottoline Morrell; Lytton Strachey, by Unknown photographer - NPG Ax140334

Lady Ottoline Morrell; Lytton Strachey

by Unknown photographer
vintage snapshot print, 1911-1912
NPG Ax140334

Lytton Strachey, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax140336

Lytton Strachey

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1911-1912
NPG Ax140336

Lady Ottoline Morrell; Lytton Strachey, by Unknown photographer - NPG Ax140341

Lady Ottoline Morrell; Lytton Strachey

by Unknown photographer
vintage snapshot print, 1911-1912
NPG Ax140341

James Beaumont Strachey; Lytton Strachey, by Unknown photographer - NPG Ax13005

James Beaumont Strachey; Lytton Strachey

by Unknown photographer
vintage snapshot print, circa 1912
NPG Ax13005

Lytton Strachey, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax140317

Lytton Strachey

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1912
NPG Ax140317

Lytton Strachey, probably by Vanessa Bell (née Stephen) - NPG x21196

Lytton Strachey

probably by Vanessa Bell (née Stephen)
enlarged snapshot print on card folder, 1913
NPG x21196

Lytton Strachey, probably by Vanessa Bell (née Stephen) - NPG x21198

Lytton Strachey

probably by Vanessa Bell (née Stephen)
enlarged snapshot print on card folder, 1913
NPG x21198

Lytton Strachey, by Unknown photographer - NPG x13069

Lytton Strachey

by Unknown photographer
bromide snapshot print, circa 1913
NPG x13069

Lytton Strachey, by Unknown photographer, after  Henry Lamb - NPG Ax160932

Lytton Strachey

by Unknown photographer, after Henry Lamb
bromide print; oil on canvas, after 1914
NPG Ax160932

Lytton Strachey, by Unknown photographer - NPG Ax160933

Lytton Strachey

by Unknown photographer
vintage snapshot print, 1915-1916
NPG Ax160933

Lytton Strachey, by Unknown photographer - NPG Ax160934

Lytton Strachey

by Unknown photographer
vintage snapshot print, 1915-1916
NPG Ax160934

Lady Ottoline Morrell; Maria Huxley (née Nys); Lytton Strachey; Duncan Grant; Vanessa Bell (née Stephen), by Unknown photographer - NPG Ax140432

Lady Ottoline Morrell; Maria Huxley (née Nys); Lytton Strachey; Duncan Grant; Vanessa Bell (née Stephen)

by Unknown photographer
vintage snapshot print, July 1915
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG Ax140432

Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell; John Maynard Keynes, Baron Keynes; Lytton Strachey, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax140438

Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell; John Maynard Keynes, Baron Keynes; Lytton Strachey

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1915
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG Ax140438

Duncan Grant; Lytton Strachey; Lady Ottoline Morrell; Philip Edward Morrell; Maria Huxley (née Nys), by Unknown photographer - NPG Ax140433

Duncan Grant; Lytton Strachey; Lady Ottoline Morrell; Philip Edward Morrell; Maria Huxley (née Nys)

by Unknown photographer
vintage snapshot print, July 1915
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG Ax140433

Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell; John Maynard Keynes, Baron Keynes; Lytton Strachey, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax140439

Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell; John Maynard Keynes, Baron Keynes; Lytton Strachey

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1915
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG Ax140439

'Picnic in the woods', by Unknown photographer - NPG Ax140441

'Picnic in the woods'

by Unknown photographer
vintage snapshot print, September 1915
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG Ax140441

'Picnic in the woods', by Unknown photographer - NPG Ax140442

'Picnic in the woods'

by Unknown photographer
vintage snapshot print, September 1915
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG Ax140442

'Picnic in the woods', by Unknown photographer - NPG Ax140443

'Picnic in the woods'

by Unknown photographer
vintage snapshot print, September 1915
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG Ax140443

'Picnic in the woods', by Unknown photographer - NPG Ax140444

'Picnic in the woods'

by Unknown photographer
vintage snapshot print, September 1915
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG Ax140444

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