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Lytton Strachey

1 of 137 portraits of Lytton Strachey

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

© reserved; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

Lytton Strachey

by Simon Bussy
pastel, 1904
21 in. x 17 in. (533 mm x 432 mm)
Given by Mrs A.S. Strachey, 1967
Primary Collection
NPG 4595

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  • (Giles) Lytton Strachey (1880-1932), Critic and biographer; son of Sir Richard Strachey. Sitter in 137 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 23 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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