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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), 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 her later relationship with Virginia Woolf, provided the backdrop for her marriage to Nicolson.