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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.

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P1087

Vita Sackville-West

by Emil Otto ('E.O.') Hoppé
sepia-toned matte bromide print, 28 February 1924
NPG P1087

6716

Vita Sackville-West

by Sir William Rothenstein
red and black chalk, 1925
NPG 6716

P437

Vita Sackville-West

by Gisèle Freund
colour dye transfer print, 1939
On display in Room 34 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG P437

P775

Vita Sackville-West

by John Hedgecoe
bromide print, 1958
NPG P775

Ax135793

Vita Sackville-West

by Speaight Ltd, published by Hudson & Kearns Ltd
photogravure, 20 June 1911, published 1912
NPG Ax135793

x136836

Vita Sackville-West; Mrs Walter Rubens

by Emil Otto ('E.O.') Hoppé
halftone reproduction tear sheet, published 28 June 1916
NPG x136836

Ax142211

Vita Sackville-West; Sir Desmond MacCarthy; Harold Nicolson

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1925
NPG Ax142211

Ax142212

Lady Ottoline Morrell with friends

by Philip Edward Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1925
NPG Ax142212

Ax142214

Lady Ottoline Morrell with friends

by Philip Edward Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1925
NPG Ax142214

x23916

Vita Sackville-West

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1934
NPG x23916

x47301

Vita Sackville-West

by John Gay
bromide fibre print, 1948
NPG x47301

x47302

Vita Sackville-West

by John Gay
bromide fibre print, 1948
NPG x47302

x126519

Vita Sackville-West

by John Gay
vintage bromide print, 1948
NPG x126519

x126520

Vita Sackville-West

by John Gay
vintage bromide print, 1948
NPG x126520

x28912

Vita Sackville-West

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1957
NPG x28912

x14197

Vita Sackville-West

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print on white card mount, 1958
NPG x14197

P1917

Vita Sackville-West

by Lord Snowdon
gelatin silver print, 5 June 1961
On display in Room 37 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG P1917

x10666

Vita Sackville-West

by Howard Coster
bromide print, 1920s-1930s
NPG x10666

x10667

Vita Sackville-West

by Howard Coster
print, circa 1927
NPG x10667