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Nancy Mitford (1904-1973), Writer and biographer

Nancy Freeman-Mitford

Sitter in 25 portraits
The witty depiction English upper class life captured in the novels The Pursuit of Love (1945) and Love in a Cold Climate (1949) appealed to a post-war public. Mitford received very little formal education, but grew up reading biographies, memoirs and letters. In 1933, she married Peter Murray Rennell Rodd, whom she followed to Perpignan during the Spanish Civil War. Her harrowing experiences working at the French border with Spanish refugee victims moved her to become a socialist. From 1949 she was permanently established in Paris, where she wrote regular articles for the Sunday Times, and historical biographies, including Madame Pompadour (1954) and The Sun King (1966).

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P869(20)

Nancy Mitford

by Cecil Beaton
vintage bromide print on white card mount, 1965
NPG P869(20)

x127546

Nancy Mitford

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 7 July 1932
NPG x127546

x127547

Nancy Mitford

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 7 July 1932
NPG x127547

x83850

Nancy Mitford

by Bassano Ltd
vintage print, 9 October 1932
NPG x83850

x85596

Nancy Mitford

by Bassano Ltd
vintage print, 1932
NPG x85596

x85597

Nancy Mitford

by Bassano Ltd
vintage print, 7 July 1932
NPG x85597

x19080

Nancy Mitford

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 7 July 1932
NPG x19080

x26634

Nancy Mitford

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 3 August 1935
NPG x26634

x26631

Nancy Mitford

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 3 August 1935
NPG x26631

x26632

Nancy Mitford

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 3 August 1935
NPG x26632

x26633

Nancy Mitford

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 3 August 1935
NPG x26633

x27172

Nancy Mitford

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 13 September 1941
NPG x27172

x155204

Nancy Mitford

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 13 September 1941
NPG x155204

x27173

Nancy Mitford

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 13 September 1941
NPG x27173

x155205

Nancy Mitford

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 13 September 1941
NPG x155205

x40261

Nancy Mitford

by Cecil Beaton
vintage bromide print, 1950s
NPG x40261

x131946

Nancy Mitford

by Tom Blau
modern bromide print from an original negative, 1956
NPG x131946

x195010

Nancy Mitford

by Francis Goodman
2 1/4 inch square film negative, June 1960
NPG x195010

x195076

Nancy Mitford

by Francis Goodman
2 1/4 inch square film negative, June 1960
NPG x195076