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.
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