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Harold Nicolson (1886-1968), Diplomat and writer; husband of Vita Sackville-West

Sir Harold George Nicolson

Sitter associated with 21 portraits
Harold Nicolson entered the Diplomatic Service in 1909. He married Vita Sackville-West in 1913 and the story of their relationship is recalled in Nigel Nicolson's book Portrait of a Marriage (1973). In the 1920s, he published several books, Verlaine (1921), Tennyson (1923), Byron (1924) and Swinburne (1926). In 1929 he left the Diplomatic Service and major works followed: Lord Carnock (1930), Peacemaking 1919 (1933), Curzon, the Last Phase (1934), Dwight Morrow (1935) and Diplomacy (1939). Harold and Vita took over Sissinghurst Castle in 1930. To his design, they created one of England's most celebrated gardens, now in the hands of the National Trust.

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6715

Harold Nicolson

by Sir William Rothenstein
red and white chalk, 1925
NPG 6715

P490(58)

Harold Nicolson

by Yousuf Karsh
bromide print, 1949
NPG P490(58)

P307

Harold Nicolson

by Wolfgang Suschitzky
bromide print, April 1957
NPG P307

Ax142211

Vita Sackville-West; Sir Desmond MacCarthy; Harold Nicolson

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1925
NPG Ax142211

x2059

Harold Nicolson

by Howard Coster
vintage print, 1935
NPG x2059

Ax136096

Harold Nicolson

by Howard Coster
vintage bromide print, 1935
NPG Ax136096

x24456

Harold Nicolson

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1935
NPG x24456

x24457

Harold Nicolson

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1935
NPG x24457

x24458

Harold Nicolson

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1935
NPG x24458

x24459

Harold Nicolson

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1935
NPG x24459

x24460

Harold Nicolson

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1935
NPG x24460

x24461

Harold Nicolson

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1935
NPG x24461

x24462

Harold Nicolson

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1935
NPG x24462

x24463

Harold Nicolson

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1935
NPG x24463

x26938

Harold Nicolson

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 6 June 1939
NPG x26938

x27521

Harold Nicolson

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 6 June 1939
NPG x27521

D33407

Harold Nicolson

by Powys Evans
pen and ink, 1920s
NPG D33407

x2060

Harold Nicolson

by Howard Coster
print
NPG x2060

x2371

Harold Nicolson

by Howard Coster
print
NPG x2371

x22838

Harold Nicolson

by Howard Coster
bromide print, 1935
NPG x22838