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Women writers


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Mary Frances Harriet Dowdall (née Borthwick)

1876-1939
Author; wife of H.C. Dowdall; daughter of 19th Baron Borthwick
Sitter in 2 portraits
Dame Margaret Drabble

Dame Margaret Drabble

1939-
Novelist and critic
Sitter in 9 portraits
Daphne Du Maurier

Daphne Du Maurier

1907-1989
Writer
Sitter in 24 portraits
Maria Edgeworth

Maria Edgeworth

1768-1849
Novelist; daughter of Richard Lovell Edgeworth
Sitter associated with 9 portraits
George Eliot

George Eliot

1819-1880
Novelist
Sitter associated with 12 portraits
Jenny Fabian

Jenny Fabian

circa 1950-
Writer
Sitter in 1 portrait
Margaret Cameron Flower (née Coss)

Margaret Cameron Flower (née Coss)

1907-1998
Author; wife of Desmond John Newman Flower
Sitter in 1 portrait
Pamela Frankau

Pamela Frankau

1908-1967
Novelist, journalist and short story writer
Sitter in 28 portraits
Lady Antonia Fraser

Lady Antonia Fraser

1932-
Writer
Sitter in 18 portraits
Madge Garland

Madge Garland

1898-1990
Fashion journalist, writer and teacher
Sitter in 2 portraits
Elizabeth Gaskell

Elizabeth Gaskell

1810-1865
Novelist, short-story writer and biographer of Charlotte Brontë
Sitter in 4 portraits
Jamila Gavin

Jamila Gavin

1941-
Children's writer
Sitter in 1 portrait
No individual image available for this person

Cynthia Jebb (née Noble), Lady Gladwyn

1898-1990
Political hostess and diarist; wife of 1st Baron Gladwyn
Sitter in 2 portraits
Elinor Glyn

Elinor Glyn

1864-1943
Novelist
Sitter in 8 portraits
Rumer Godden

Rumer Godden

1907-1998
Novelist, autobiographer and children's writer
Sitter in 5 portraits
Sarah Grand (Frances Elizabeth Bellenden McFall, née Clarke)

Sarah Grand (Frances Elizabeth Bellenden McFall, née Clarke)

1854-1943
Novelist and women's rights campaigner
Sitter in 3 portraits
Germaine Greer

Germaine Greer

1939-
Writer and broadcaster; Professor of English and Comparative Studies
Sitter in 10 portraits
No individual image available for this person

Helena Clapshaw Grose (Helena Morrell)

1904-1986
Novelist; wife of James William Morrell
Sitter in 1 portrait
Dorothy Maud (née Vivian), Countess Haig

Dorothy Maud (née Vivian), Countess Haig

1879-1939
Writer; wife of 1st Earl Haig; daughter of 3rd Lord Vivian
Sitter in 14 portraits
Radclyffe Hall

Radclyffe Hall

1880-1943
Novelist
Sitter in 9 portraits
Barbara Hedworth

Barbara Hedworth

Writer
Sitter in 4 portraits
Leslie Ruth Howard

Leslie Ruth Howard

1924-2013
Writer; daughter of Leslie Howard
Sitter in 1 portrait
Naomi Jacob

Naomi Jacob

1884-1964
Writer and actress
Sitter in 5 portraits
P.D. James

P.D. James

1920-2014
Writer and public servant
Sitter in 9 portraits
Margaret Elizabeth Child-Villiers (née Leigh), Countess of Jersey

Margaret Elizabeth Child-Villiers (née Leigh), Countess of Jersey

1849-1945
Political hostess, philanthropist and children's writer; wife of 7th Earl of Jersey; daughter of 2nd Baron Leigh
Sitter in 8 portraits
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

1927-2013
Writer
Sitter in 2 portraits
Mary Margaret ('Mollie') Kaye

Mary Margaret ('Mollie') Kaye

1908-2004
Novelist
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sheila Kaye-Smith

Sheila Kaye-Smith

1887-1956
Writer
Sitter in 12 portraits
Alison Louise ('A.L.') Kennedy

Alison Louise ('A.L.') Kennedy

1965-
Writer
Sitter in 1 portrait
Margaret Moore Kennedy

Margaret Moore Kennedy

1896-1967
Writer
Sitter associated with 12 portraits
Lady Caroline Lamb

Lady Caroline Lamb

1785-1828
Novelist; Wife of William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne
Sitter in 2 portraits
Letitia Elizabeth Landon (Mrs Maclean)

Letitia Elizabeth Landon (Mrs Maclean)

1802-1838
Poet and novelist
Sitter associated with 4 portraits
Marghanita Laski

Marghanita Laski

1915-1988
Novelist, critic and journalist
Sitter in 5 portraits
Rosamond Nina Lehmann

Rosamond Nina Lehmann

1901-1990
Novelist
Sitter in 24 portraits
Doris Lessing

Doris Lessing

1919-2013
Writer; Nobel Prize winner
Sitter in 16 portraits
Kathy Lette

Kathy Lette

1958-
Writer
Sitter in 1 portrait
No individual image available for this person

Maud Sophia Levett

1866-1947
Writer; wife of William Swinnerton Byrd Levett
Sitter in 3 portraits
Lady (Maria) Theresa Lewis (née Villiers)

Lady (Maria) Theresa Lewis (née Villiers)

1803-1865
Writer
Sitter in 4 portraits
Christina Catherine Liddell (née Fraser-Tytler)

Christina Catherine Liddell (née Fraser-Tytler)

1848-1927
Writer; wife of Edward Thomas Liddell; daughter of Charles Edward Fraser-Tytler
Sitter in 1 portrait

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