Harold Nicolson(1886-1968), Diplomat and writer; husband of Vita Sackville-West
Sir Harold George Nicolson
Sitter associated with 21 portraits
Harold Nicolson entered the Diplomatic Service in 1909. He married Vita Sackville-West in 1913 and the story of their relationship is recalled in Nigel Nicolson's book Portrait of a Marriage (1973). In the 1920s, he published several books, Verlaine (1921), Tennyson (1923), Byron (1924) and Swinburne (1926). In 1929 he left the Diplomatic Service and major works followed: Lord Carnock (1930), Peacemaking 1919 (1933), Curzon, the Last Phase (1934), Dwight Morrow (1935) and Diplomacy (1939). Harold and Vita took over Sissinghurst Castle in 1930. To his design, they created one of England's most celebrated gardens, now in the hands of the National Trust.
by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1925
Visit From Your Armchair
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize
An online exhibition celebrating the very best in contemporary portrait photography.
Explore our community photography project, which presents a personal record of the UK during lockdown.
Sculptures in 360°
See sculptures and fascinating objects from our Collection from all angles.
David Hockney: Drawing from Life
Watch highlights from our special exhibition, which had to close early in March 2020 due to lockdown.