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Virginia Woolf

(1882-1941), Novelist and critic; sister of Vanessa Bell

Virginia Woolf (née Stephen)

Sitter in 63 portraits
Novelist; central figure in the Bloomsbury group of writers, artists and intellectuals. In 1905, with her sister Vanessa, she acted as hostess for the Thursday evening gatherings held at 46 Gordon Square that formed the nucleus of Bloomsbury. Despite intermittent bouts of mental illness she was a major contributor to the development of the novel form in literature. Many of her novels, notably Night and Day (1919) and Jacob's Room (1922), Mrs Dalloway (1925), To the Lighthouse (1927), and The Waves (1931), pioneered the use of the interior monologue, or 'stream of consciousness' and transformed ideas about structure, plot and characterisation. Her essay A Room of One's Own (1929) has become a classic of feminist literature. She committed suicide in 1941.

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More on Woolf: Art historian Frances Spalding on Woolf | Timeline | Woolf and Garsington

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Virginia Woolf, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax142585

Virginia Woolf

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, June 1926
NPG Ax142585

Virginia Woolf, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax142587

Virginia Woolf

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, June 1926
NPG Ax142587

Virginia Woolf; Philip Edward Morrell, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax142588

Virginia Woolf; Philip Edward Morrell

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, June 1926
NPG Ax142588

Virginia Woolf, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax142589

Virginia Woolf

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, June 1926
NPG Ax142589

Virginia Woolf, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax142590

Virginia Woolf

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, June 1926
NPG Ax142590

Virginia Woolf, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax142591

Virginia Woolf

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, June 1926
NPG Ax142591

Virginia Woolf, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax142592

Virginia Woolf

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, June 1926
NPG Ax142592

Sir Maurice Bowra; Virginia Woolf, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax142593

Sir Maurice Bowra; Virginia Woolf

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, June 1926
NPG Ax142593

Sir Maurice Bowra; Virginia Woolf, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax142594

Sir Maurice Bowra; Virginia Woolf

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, June 1926
NPG Ax142594

Sir Maurice Bowra; Virginia Woolf, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax142595

Sir Maurice Bowra; Virginia Woolf

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, June 1926
NPG Ax142595

Virginia Woolf, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax142596

Virginia Woolf

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, June 1926
NPG Ax142596

Virginia Woolf, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax142597

Virginia Woolf

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, June 1926
NPG Ax142597

Virginia Woolf, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax142604

Virginia Woolf

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, June 1926
NPG Ax142604

Virginia Woolf, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG x144307

Virginia Woolf

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, June 1926
NPG x144307

Virginia Woolf, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax142598

Virginia Woolf

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, June 1926
NPG Ax142598

Virginia Woolf, by Barbara Strachey (Hultin, later Halpern) - NPG Ax88536

Virginia Woolf

by Barbara Strachey (Hultin, later Halpern)
bromide print, 1938
NPG Ax88536

Virginia Woolf, by Barbara Strachey (Hultin, later Halpern) - NPG Ax125376

Virginia Woolf

by Barbara Strachey (Hultin, later Halpern)
bromide print, 1938
NPG Ax125376

Virginia Woolf, by Rachel Pearsall Conn ('Ray') Strachey (née Costelloe) - NPG D256

Virginia Woolf

by Rachel Pearsall Conn ('Ray') Strachey (née Costelloe)
oil on board, late 1920s
NPG D256

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Unknown man; Lady Ottoline Morrell; Virginia Woolf; Lytton Strachey

by Unknown photographer
vintage snapshot print, 1910
NPG Ax13011

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