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Lytton Strachey, by Simon Bussy, 1904 - NPG 4595 - © reserved; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Lytton Strachey

by Simon Bussy
pastel, 1904
21 in. x 17 in. (533 mm x 432 mm)
Given by Alix Strachey (née Sargant-Florence), 1967
Primary Collection
NPG 4595


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  • (Giles) Lytton Strachey (1880-1932), Critic and biographer; son of Sir Richard Strachey. Sitter in 143 portraits, Artist associated with 5 portraits.

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  • Simon Bussy (1870-1954), Artist; husband of Dorothy Strachey. Artist of 3 portraits, Sitter in 24 portraits.

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The son of Sir Richard Strachey, and educated at Liverpool and Trinity College, Cambridge, Lytton Strachey was closely associated with the Bloomsbury Group of writers, artists and intellectuals. His literary reputation was made with the iconoclastic Eminent Victorians (1918) and subsequent works included Queen Victoria (1921) and Elizabeth and Essex (1928). This portrait was begun in April 1904 when Strachey was staying with Simon and Dorothy Bussy in their house, La Souco, in Roquebrune. Simon Bussy depicted him working on his Cambridge Fellowship dissertation on Warren Hastings that he had begun in the previous autumn (and which was rejected in 1905). Given by Mrs A. S. Strachey, 1967.

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Current affairs

Britain and France sign the Entente Cordiale, an agreement which resolves a number of longstanding colonial disputes (including a Declaration respecting Egypt and Morocco), signalling growing anxiety about the risk of future German aggression. Although not militarily binding, the agreement, negotiated between French foreign minister Théophile Delcassé, and Lord Lansdowne, the British Foreign Secretary, establishes a diplomatic understanding between the two countries.

Art and science

J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan is first performed at the Duke of York's Theatre in London. Charting the fantastical adventures of Peter, 'the boy who never grew up', the Darling children and the villainous Captain Hook in Neverland, many adaptations have been made of the story. The painter Gwen John settles in Paris, where she becomes the lover and model of the sculptor Auguste Rodin, modelling for his sculpture Muse.

International

Japan attacks the Russian Navy at Port Arthur, sparking the Russo-Japanese war. Hostility was prompted by the rival imperialist ambitions of the Russian and Japanese empires in Manchuria, North East China, and Korea, considered by Japan to be an essential buffer against colonisation by Western Powers. Japan wins a series of victories against Russia which transforms the balance of power in East Asia, and undermines the Tsar's rule in Russia.

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