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

(Giles) Lytton Strachey

Sitter in 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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Lytton Strachey

by Unknown photographer
snapshot print, 1901-1902
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Unknown man; Lady Ottoline Morrell; Virginia Woolf; Lytton Strachey

by Unknown photographer
vintage snapshot print, 1910
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Lytton Strachey

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1911-1912
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Lytton Strachey

by Unknown photographer
vintage snapshot print, circa 1912
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Lytton Strachey

by Unknown photographer
vintage snapshot print, circa 1912
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James Beaumont Strachey; Lytton Strachey

by Unknown photographer
vintage snapshot print, circa 1912
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Lytton Strachey

by Unknown photographer
vintage snapshot print, circa 1912
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Lytton Strachey

by Unknown photographer
vintage snapshot print, circa 1912
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Lytton Strachey

by Unknown photographer
passport photograph, circa 1912
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Lytton Strachey

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

by Unknown photographer
vintage snapshot print, circa 1914
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Lytton Strachey

by Unknown photographer
vintage snapshot print, circa 1920
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Lytton Strachey

by Unknown photographer
vintage snapshot print, circa 1920
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Lytton Strachey; Raymond Mortimerand two others

by Unknown photographer
bromide snapshot print, early 1920s
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Lytton Strachey; Virginia Woolf

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, June 1923
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Lytton Strachey; Virginia Woolf

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, June 1923
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