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Ray Strachey

(1887-1940), Feminist activist and writer

Rachel Pearsall Conn ('Ray') Strachey (née Costelloe)

Sitter in 64 portraits
Artist associated with 99 portraits
Born Rachel, Ray was the daughter of Frank and Mary Costelloe; her mother later married Bernard Berenson. Formidably clever from her schooldays, she read mathematics at Cambridge and studied electrical engineering at Oxford before committing herself to women's suffrage. She was Secretary of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies, Chairman of the Women's Service Bureau and a joint-founder of the League of Nations Union. She was an unsuccessful parliamentary candidate, but acted briefly as political secretary to Nancy Astor.

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Ray Strachey, by Unknown photographer - NPG Ax160660

Ray Strachey

by Unknown photographer
albumen print on card, 1887
NPG Ax160660

Mary Berenson (née Smith); Ray Strachey, by Unknown photographer - NPG Ax160667

Mary Berenson (née Smith); Ray Strachey

by Unknown photographer
albumen print on card, 1887
NPG Ax160667

Mary Berenson (née Smith); Ray Strachey, by Unknown photographer - NPG Ax160666

Mary Berenson (née Smith); Ray Strachey

by Unknown photographer
albumen print on card, 1887
NPG Ax160666

Alys Whitall Russell (née Pearsall Smith); Ray Strachey, by Unknown photographer - NPG Ax160661

Alys Whitall Russell (née Pearsall Smith); Ray Strachey

by Unknown photographer
albumen print on card, 1887
NPG Ax160661

Mary Berenson (née Smith); Ray Strachey, by Unknown photographer - NPG Ax160659

Mary Berenson (née Smith); Ray Strachey

by Unknown photographer
platinum print, 1889
NPG Ax160659

Ray Strachey, by Unknown photographer - NPG Ax160692

Ray Strachey

by Unknown photographer
platinum print on card, 1889
NPG Ax160692

'Acting one of Logan's plays', by Unknown photographer - NPG Ax161327

'Acting one of Logan's plays'

by Unknown photographer
albumen print, September 1890
NPG Ax161327

Ray Strachey, by Unknown photographer - NPG Ax160693

Ray Strachey

by Unknown photographer
platinum print on card, 1890
NPG Ax160693

Ray Strachey, by Unknown photographer - NPG Ax160694

Ray Strachey

by Unknown photographer
platinum print on card, 1891
NPG Ax160694

'Friday's Hill: Aunty Loo, Ray, Karin & Rumpty at the front door', by Unknown photographer - NPG Ax160673

'Friday's Hill: Aunty Loo, Ray, Karin & Rumpty at the front door'

by Unknown photographer
platinum print on card, circa 1892
NPG Ax160673

Pearsall Smith Family, by Unknown photographer - NPG Ax160700

Pearsall Smith Family

by Unknown photographer
gelatin printing-out paper print on card, 1894
NPG Ax160700

Pearsall Smith Family, by Unknown photographer - NPG Ax160701

Pearsall Smith Family

by Unknown photographer
gelatin printing-out paper print on card, 1894
NPG Ax160701

Hannah, Mary, Karin and Ray, by Unknown photographer - NPG Ax160702

Hannah, Mary, Karin and Ray

by Unknown photographer
gelatin printing-out paper print, 1894
NPG Ax160702

'A Quaker wedding' (The marriage of Bertrand Russell and Alys Pearsall Smith), after Richard Morris Smith - NPG Ax160691

'A Quaker wedding' (The marriage of Bertrand Russell and Alys Pearsall Smith)

after Richard Morris Smith
photograph of drawing, 13 December 1894
NPG Ax160691

'Camping out at Friday's Hill', by Unknown photographer - NPG Ax160704

'Camping out at Friday's Hill'

by Unknown photographer
vintage print, August 1895
NPG Ax160704

Frank Costelloe with Karin and Ray, by Unknown photographer - NPG Ax160695

Frank Costelloe with Karin and Ray

by Unknown photographer
vintage snapshot print, circa 1895
NPG Ax160695

Ray Strachey and Karin Stephen, by Unknown photographer - NPG Ax160696

Ray Strachey and Karin Stephen

by Unknown photographer
albumen print, circa 1896
NPG Ax160696

Mary Costelloe with her daughters Karin and Ray, by Unknown photographer - NPG Ax160697

Mary Costelloe with her daughters Karin and Ray

by Unknown photographer
gelatin silver print on card, 1896
NPG Ax160697

Ray Strachey; Karin Stephen, by Unknown photographer - NPG Ax160712

Ray Strachey; Karin Stephen

by Unknown photographer
vintage bromide print, 1898
NPG Ax160712

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