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Bloomsbury


38 People in sitter grouping:

At the beginning of the 20th century in London's Bloomsbury district, an amalgamation of sets such as the Apostles and Vanessa Bell's Friday Club formed the first Bloomsbury Group, a society for the free-thinking intellectuals of the day, united by their belief in the pursuit of art and pleasure. The group's roots lay in the earlier Clapham Sect, and they shared the same left wing values of progressive thought and support for their friends' creative undertakings. In the group's history a divide can be seen between the 'old' and 'new' set, as changes and deaths in the 1920s and 30s brought in the younger generation, the sons and daughters of the original 'old' set. Although many principles remained the same, the rejection of their upper class heritage and privileging of love and life experiences, the 'new' set had a far stronger political stance, and many were conscientious objectors and members of political groups outside of Bloomsbury. The group did not survive the death of two of its key members, Lytton Strachey and Virginia Woolf, and by the end of the 1930s, the group that had never called itself a group had all but ceased to exist.

Sir Desmond MacCarthy

Sir Desmond MacCarthy

1877-1952
Writer and critic
Sitter in 23 portraits
Mary ('Molly') MacCarthy (née Warre-Cornish), Lady MacCarthy

Mary ('Molly') MacCarthy (née Warre-Cornish), Lady MacCarthy

1882-1953
Writer; wife of Sir Desmond MacCarthy
Sitter in 11 portraits
George Leigh Mallory

George Leigh Mallory

1886-1924
Mountaineer
Sitter in 5 portraits
Wogan Philipps, 2nd Baron Milford

Wogan Philipps, 2nd Baron Milford

1902-1993
Communist; political activist and artist
Sitter in 3 portraits
Lady Ottoline Morrell

Lady Ottoline Morrell

1873-1938
Patron of the arts; half-sister of 6th Duke of Portland; wife of Philip Edward Morrell
Sitter associated with 596 portraits | Artist associated with 1715 portraits
Frances Partridge

Frances Partridge

1900-2004
Author and literary journalist
Sitter in 9 portraits | Artist associated with 2 portraits
Bertrand Russell

Bertrand Russell

1872-1970
Philosopher, mathematician and social reformer
Sitter in 119 portraits
Vita Sackville-West

Vita Sackville-West

1892-1962
Writer and gardener; wife of Sir Harold Nicolson
Sitter associated with 28 portraits
Adrian Stephen

Adrian Stephen

1883-1948
Psychoanalyst; son of Sir Leslie Stephen
Sitter associated with 7 portraits
Karin Stephen

Karin Stephen

1889-1953
Psychoanalyst and psychologist
Sitter in 30 portraits
Alix Strachey

Alix Strachey

1892-1973
Psychologist and translator; wife of James Strachey
Sitter in 32 portraits | Artist associated with 10 portraits
James Beaumont Strachey

James Beaumont Strachey

1887-1967
Psychoanalyst and translator
Sitter in 44 portraits | Artist associated with 5 portraits
Lytton Strachey

Lytton Strachey

1880-1932
Critic and biographer; son of Sir Richard Strachey
Sitter in 143 portraits | Artist associated with 5 portraits
Marjorie Strachey

Marjorie Strachey

1882-1964
Writer
Sitter in 26 portraits
Pippa Strachey

Pippa Strachey

1872-1968
Suffragist
Sitter in 43 portraits
Saxon Arnold Sydney-Turner

Saxon Arnold Sydney-Turner

1880-1962
Civil servant
Sitter associated with 6 portraits
Leonard Sidney Woolf

Leonard Sidney Woolf

1880-1969
Writer and publisher
Sitter in 9 portraits
Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf

1882-1941
Novelist and critic; sister of Vanessa Bell
Sitter in 63 portraits

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