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Lady Dorothy Mills (née Walpole) (1889-1959), Traveller and novelist; former wife of Arthur F. H. Mills; daughter of 5th Earl of Orford
Sitter in 11 portraits
Dorothy grew up travelling, and later, when her husband became an author, she too turned her hand to travel writing. Ill health first took her to North Africa, and in 1923 she became the first western woman to reach Timbuktu, publishing The Road to Timbuktu the following year. Further African journeys and books followed illustrated with her own photographs, taken in Liberia, and then Senegal, as recorded in The Golden Land (1929). As well as travelling in Africa she went as far east as Iraq, and Beyond the Bosphorus (1926) was the result. Her last journey took her west to South America and The Country of the Orinoco (1931). Divorced, she spent her later years in London.