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(Joan) Pernel Strachey (1876-1951), College head and french scholar

Sitter in 22 portraits
College head and French scholar. The eighth of ten surviving children of Sir Richard and Jane Strachey; her brothers included the central Bloomsbury figure Lytton Strachey. Pernel specialised in French at Newnham College and returned as a lecturer, becoming director of studies in modern and medieval languages in 1907. As Principal of the College (1923-41) she encouraged equality for women and the entry of women into new fields of employment.

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(Joan) Pernel Strachey

by Rachel Pearsall Conn ('Ray') Strachey (née Costelloe)
oil on board, late 1920s or early 1930s
NPG D239


The Strachey family

by Graystone Bird
albumen print on the photographer's printed mount, circa 1893
NPG x13120