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

(Giles) Lytton Strachey

Sitter associated with 136 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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Ax140336

Lytton Strachey

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1911-1912
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Ax140341

Lady Ottoline Morrell; Lytton Strachey

by Unknown photographer
vintage snapshot print, 1911-1912
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Ax140317

Lytton Strachey

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1912
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x21196

Lytton Strachey

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

Lytton Strachey

probably by Vanessa Bell (nee Stephen)
enlarged snapshot print on card folder, 1913
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x13069

Lytton Strachey

by Unknown photographer
bromide snapshot print, circa 1913
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Ax140441

'Picnic in the woods'

by Unknown photographer
vintage snapshot print, September 1915
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Ax140442

'Picnic in the woods'

by Unknown photographer
vintage snapshot print, September 1915
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Ax140443

'Picnic in the woods'

by Unknown photographer
vintage snapshot print, September 1915
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Ax140444

'Picnic in the woods'

by Unknown photographer
vintage snapshot print, September 1915
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Ax140445

Lady Ottoline Morrell with friends

by Unknown photographer
vintage snapshot print, 1915
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Ax13006

Lytton Strachey

by Unknown photographer
vintage snapshot print, 1915
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Ax143310

Lytton Strachey

by Unknown photographer
vintage snapshot print, 1916
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Lytton Strachey

by Unknown photographer
vintage snapshot print, 1916
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