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Sir Desmond MacCarthy (1877-1952), Writer and critic

Sitter in 23 portraits
Literary journalist. A gifted conversationalist, he was a member of the Apostles at Trinity College, Cambridge and began his journalistic career as a contributor to The Spectator. He was a friend of Bertrand Russell, Thomas Hardy and Henry James, and was invited by Roger Fry to become secretary for the first Post-Impressionist exhibition. Although he refused to see himself as a member of Bloomsbury, he was a founding member of the Memoir Club in 1920, and a regular at Fitzroy Square parties. His output as a critic was prolific and highly respected.

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Sir Desmond MacCarthy

by Robin Craig Guthrie
pencil, 1938
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Sir Desmond MacCarthy

by Duncan Grant
pencil, circa 1938
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Sir Desmond MacCarthy

by Duncan Grant
oil on canvas, circa 1942
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The Memoir Club

by Vanessa Bell (nee Stephen)
oil on canvas, circa 1943
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Sir Desmond MacCarthy

by Duncan Grant
oil on canvas, 1944
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Lady Ottoline Morrell with friends

by Unknown photographer
vintage snapshot print, 1912
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Lady Ottoline Morrell with friends

by Unknown photographer
vintage snapshot print, 1912
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Lady Ottoline Morrell with friends

by Philip Edward Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1914
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Rachel (nee MacCarthy), Lady Cecil; Sir Desmond MacCarthy

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, circa 1922
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Sir Desmond MacCarthy; Lord David Cecil

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1922
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Sir Desmond MacCarthy

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1923
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Sir Desmond MacCarthy

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 5 July 1923
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'Desmond as a poet' (Sir Desmond MacCarthy)

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1925
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Vita Sackville-West; Sir Desmond MacCarthy; Harold Nicolson

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1925
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Lady Ottoline Morrell with friends

by Philip Edward Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1925
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Sir Desmond MacCarthy

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1929
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