Lady Ottoline Morrell; Maria Huxley (née Nys); Lytton Strachey; Duncan Grant; Vanessa Bell (née Stephen)

1 portrait of Vanessa Bell (née Stephen)

Lady Ottoline Morrell; Maria Huxley (née Nys); Lytton Strachey; Duncan Grant; Vanessa Bell (née Stephen), by Unknown photographer, July 1915 - NPG Ax140432 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Lady Ottoline Morrell; Maria Huxley (née Nys); Lytton Strachey; Duncan Grant; Vanessa Bell (née Stephen)

by Unknown photographer
vintage snapshot print, July 1915
2 1/2 in. x 4 1/8 in. (62 mm x 104 mm) image size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Dame Helen Gardner Bequest, 2003
Photographs Collection
NPG Ax140432


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  • Vanessa Bell (née Stephen) (1879-1961), Painter; sister of Virginia Woolf. Sitter in 18 portraits, Artist associated with 14 portraits.
  • Duncan Grant (1885-1978), Artist. Sitter associated with 29 portraits, Artist of 9 portraits.
  • Maria Huxley (née Nys) (1898-1955), Wife of Aldous Huxley. Sitter in 33 portraits.
  • Lady Ottoline Morrell (1873-1938), Patron of the arts; half-sister of 6th Duke of Portland; wife of Philip Edward Morrell. Sitter associated with 595 portraits, Artist associated with 1700 portraits.
  • (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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This photograph was taken at Garsington Manor, the home of Philip and Ottoline Morrell, which became a refuge for conscientious objectors during the First World War. It provided farm work, deemed to be of national importance, as well as a new centre for intellectual gatherings, where members of the Bloomsbury set were regular visitors.

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Current affairs

The Times Newspaper reports that Britain's Army is suffering from a lack of Ammunition Shells, pointing the finger of blame at the Liberal government. The Shell Scandal forced Asquith to form a new coalition government, bringing Conservatives into the cabinet and demonstrating the need to gear the whole country's economy towards the war effort.

Art and science

As the threat from aerial attack increased, the decision was made to protect the national art collections by storing them in basements or in locations outside London. On 15th October the National Portrait Gallery under the directorship of Sir Charles John Holmes closed its doors to the public and removed paintings from the walls.

International

Stalemate ensues on the Western Front and trench warfare begins as both sides take up defensive positions. While offensive strategies become futile, serious loss of life occurs with the first deployment of tanks and the use of poison gas. Albert Einstein publishes his General Theory of Relativity, a model of gravitation and cosmology.

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