The Strachey family, by Graystone Bird, circa 1893 - NPG x13122 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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The Strachey family

by Graystone Bird
albumen print on the photographer's printed mount, circa 1893
7 7/8 in. x 9 1/2 in. (199 mm x 241 mm)
Purchased, 1979
NPG x13122

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Peter Brownlee

29 October 2017, 00:23

On Marjorie's death date, she was apparently still alive in 1963 and died in 1964 -- "Marjorie Strachey went into the same nursing home as Pippa in 1963.
Julia Strachey who visited her there noted that she had not lost her sense of
humour. Her letter describing a visit there to her friend Frances Partridge is
headed ‘a lighter note’. ‘When I last visited Aunt Marjorie in her nursing
home’, she wrote, 'she said to me, ‘Sometimes at nights I feel quite mad. But they don’t manage these things well here. The other night I was so confused I thought I was Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar -- in fact dying. So I rang the bell and the Nurse came and told me always to ring the bell if I felt worried. But if one’s Nelson -- and dying -- how can one ring an electric bell?" Julia asked how the nurse was supposed to know that Marjorie was Nelson. Marjorie replied "she might at least have asked". Marjorie died in the nursing home the following year" (i.e. 1964). Caine B. (2005) Bombay to Bloomsbury: a Biography of the Strachey family, 2005, Oxford University Press, p.400 (citing Julia Strachey to Frances Partridge, 23 August 1963, in Partridge F. and Strachey J. (1983) Julia, Gollancz, p.281.

Peter Brownlee

29 October 2017, 00:05

Left to right: James Strachey (1887-1967), Giles Lytton Strachey (1880-1932), Ralph Strachey (1868-1923), Oliver Strachey (1874-1960), Richard (Dick) Strachey (1861-1935), Richard Strachey (1817-1908), Jane Maria Strachey (1840-1928), Elinor Strachey (1859-1944), Dorothy Strachey (1865-1960), Philippa Strachey (1872-1968), Joan Pernel Strachey (1876-1951), Marjorie Strachey (1882-1964).

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