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Vita Sackville-West (1892-1962), Writer and gardener; wife of Sir Harold Nicolson
Victoria Mary ('Vita') Sackville-West
Sitter in 25 portraits
Vita Sackville-West was born at Knole, Kent. Like her husband Harold Nicolson, Sackville-West was a prolific author and her publications include Knole and the Sackvilles (1922) about her birthplace and ancestry, the long poem The Land (1926), and the novel, All Passion Spent (1931). Her disappointment at being unable, as a woman, to inherit the Knole estate found positive expression in her subsequent collaboration with Nicolson on the garden of their home at Sissinghurst Castle. Her affair with Violet Trefusis, and her later relationship with Virginia Woolf, which inspired Woolf to write historical-fantasy novel Orlando (1928), provided the backdrop for her marriage to Nicolson.
by Lady Ottoline Morrell