3 of 143 portraits of Lytton Strachey
by Dora Carrington
pencil, circa 1916
14 in. x 10 in. (356 mm x 254 mm) uneven
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Sitterback to top
- (Giles) Lytton Strachey (1880-1932), Critic and biographer; son of Sir Richard Strachey. Sitter in 143 portraits, Artist associated with 5 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Dora Carrington (1893-1932), Artist. Artist associated with 10 portraits, Sitter in 17 portraits.
This portraitback to top
This drawing is a study for Carrington's profile portrait of Lytton Strachey. Strachey was portrayed by many of the painters with whom he formed relationships - among them Grant, Lamb, Vanessa Bell and Carrington. Arguably though, Carrington's portrait and Lamb's are the most celebrated. Carrington depicts Strachey's characteristic, mature appearance: tall and thin (suggested in the painting by the depiction of an attenuated hand) with a full, Victorian beard. The study and the related painting were made in 1916, around the time that Strachey and Carrington first met. They lived together until Strachey's death
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Life lines: Recently acquired 20th Century drawings (31 October 2009 - 25 April 2010)
- Portraits on paper (29 July 2006 - 3 December 2006)