The Strachey family
1 portrait of Ralph Strachey
The Strachey family
by Thomas Fall
albumen print, 1885
9 3/8 in. x 11 3/8 in. (239 mm x 290 mm) image size
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Sittersback to top
- Dorothy Bussy (née Strachey) (1865-1960), Author and translator. Sitter associated with 34 portraits.
- Elinor Rendel (née Strachey) (1859-1944), Daughter of Sir Richard Strachey; wife of James Rendel. Sitter in 34 portraits.
- Elizabeth Rendel (born 1883), Granddaughter of Sir Richard Strachey. Sitter in 4 portraits.
- Frances Elinor ('Ellie') Rendel (1885-1942), Worked for the National Union of Women's Suffrage Society and granddaughter of Sir Richard Strachey. Sitter in 4 portraits.
- James Meadows Rendel (1854-1937), Engineer. Sitter in 6 portraits.
- Jane Maria (née Grant), Lady Strachey (1840-1928), Wife of Sir Richard Strachey. Sitter associated with 47 portraits.
- (Giles) Lytton Strachey (1880-1932), Critic and biographer; son of Sir Richard Strachey. Sitter in 143 portraits, Artist associated with 5 portraits.
- Marjorie Strachey (1882-1962), Writer. Sitter in 26 portraits.
- Oliver Strachey (1874-1960), Musician, civil servant and author; cryptographer. Sitter in 49 portraits, Artist associated with 1 portrait.
- (Joan) Pernel Strachey (1876-1951), College head and french scholar. Sitter in 27 portraits.
- Philippa ('Pippa') Strachey (1872-1968), Suffragist. Sitter in 43 portraits.
- Ralph Strachey (1868-1923), Civil engineer in India. Sitter in 26 portraits.
- Sir Richard Strachey (1817-1908), Lieutenant-General, scientist and engineer. Sitter in 32 portraits.
- Richard John Strachey (1862-1935), Colonel. Sitter in 26 portraits.
Events of 1885back to top
Current affairsRedistribution Act; continues Gladstone's extensive package of electoral reform, although his Liberal government is later defeated when the Irish Nationalists, seeking support for Home Rule, side with the Conservatives over a budget measure. The Marquess of Salisbury is invited to form a 'caretaker' government.
Art and scienceThe Dictionary of National Biography is first published quarterly, under the editorship of Leslie Stephen, and sub-editorship of Sidney Lee. Volume 63 completed the work in 1900. Setting new standards in life writing, the DNB exemplified the form of the brief biography, formalising a style and approach to writing lives, based on Stephen's guiding principles of selection and presentation in 'business-like form'.
InternationalThe death of the famous General Charles Gordon sparks outrage in Britain. Sent to the Sudan to evacuate Egyptian forces from Khartoum, threatened by Sudanese rebels under Muhammad Ahmad al-Mahdi, Khartoum quickly came under siege, and Gordon is killed and beheaded two days before the relief force arrived. The British public proclaimed Gordon a martyr, and attacked government, particularly Gladstone, for not relieving British forces earlier.