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Virginia Woolf

(1882-1941), Novelist and critic; sister of Vanessa Bell

Virginia Woolf (née Stephen)

Sitter in 63 portraits
Novelist; central figure in the Bloomsbury group of writers, artists and intellectuals. In 1905, with her sister Vanessa, she acted as hostess for the Thursday evening gatherings held at 46 Gordon Square that formed the nucleus of Bloomsbury. Despite intermittent bouts of mental illness she was a major contributor to the development of the novel form in literature. Many of her novels, notably Night and Day (1919) and Jacob's Room (1922), Mrs Dalloway (1925), To the Lighthouse (1927), and The Waves (1931), pioneered the use of the interior monologue, or 'stream of consciousness' and transformed ideas about structure, plot and characterisation. Her essay A Room of One's Own (1929) has become a classic of feminist literature. She committed suicide in 1941.

Watch a film clip on the sitter from the BBC Archive in the Media section below

More on Woolf: Art historian Frances Spalding on Woolf | Timeline | Woolf and Garsington

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Virginia Woolf, by George Charles Beresford - NPG P220

Virginia Woolf

by George Charles Beresford
platinum print, July 1902
NPG P220

Virginia Woolf, by George Charles Beresford - NPG P221

Virginia Woolf

by George Charles Beresford
platinum print, July 1902
NPG P221

Virginia Woolf, by George Charles Beresford - NPG P222

Virginia Woolf

by George Charles Beresford
platinum print, July 1902
NPG P222

Virginia Woolf, by George Charles Beresford - NPG P223

Virginia Woolf

by George Charles Beresford
platinum print, July 1902
NPG P223

Virginia Woolf, by Francis Dodd - NPG 3802

Virginia Woolf

by Francis Dodd
chalk, 1908
NPG 3802

The Dreadnought Hoax, by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd) - NPG P1293

The Dreadnought Hoax

by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
matte bromide print, 7 February 1910
NPG P1293

Virginia Woolf, by Vanessa Bell (née Stephen) - NPG 5933

Virginia Woolf

by Vanessa Bell (née Stephen)
oil on board, 1912
NPG 5933

Virginia Woolf, by Stephen Tomlin - NPG 3882

Virginia Woolf

by Stephen Tomlin
lead bust, 1953 (1931)
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3882

Virginia Woolf, by Man Ray (Emmanuel Radnitzky) - NPG P170

Virginia Woolf

by Man Ray (Emmanuel Radnitzky)
silver print, 27 November 1934
NPG P170

Virginia Woolf; Leonard Sidney Woolf, by Gisèle Freund - NPG P439

Virginia Woolf; Leonard Sidney Woolf

by Gisèle Freund
colour print, 1939
NPG P439

Virginia Woolf, by Gisèle Freund - NPG P440

Virginia Woolf

by Gisèle Freund
colour dye transfer print, 1939
NPG P440

Virginia Woolf; Sir Leslie Stephen, by George Charles Beresford - NPG x4600

Virginia Woolf; Sir Leslie Stephen

by George Charles Beresford
sepia-toned platinotype, 1902
NPG x4600

Virginia Woolf, by George Charles Beresford - NPG x27535

Virginia Woolf

by George Charles Beresford
platinum print, retouched and heightened, July 1902
NPG x27535

Virginia Woolf, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax141319

Virginia Woolf

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, circa 1917
NPG Ax141319

Virginia Woolf, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax141320

Virginia Woolf

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, circa 1917
NPG Ax141320

Virginia Woolf, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax141321

Virginia Woolf

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, circa 1917
NPG Ax141321

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