Lytton Strachey

1 portrait

Lytton Strachey, by Dora Carrington, circa 1916 - NPG 6738 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Lytton Strachey

by Dora Carrington
pencil, circa 1916
14 in. x 10 in. (356 mm x 254 mm) uneven
Purchased, 2005
Primary Collection
NPG 6738


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  • (Giles) Lytton Strachey (1880-1932), Critic and biographer; son of Sir Richard Strachey. Sitter in 136 portraits, Artist associated with 5 portraits.

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  • Dora Carrington (1893-1932), Artist. Artist associated with 10 portraits, Sitter in 17 portraits.

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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

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