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Violet Trefusis (née Keppel)

(1894-1972), Writer; daughter of Alice Keppel

Sitter in 29 portraits
Violet Trefusis was a writer and a patron of the arts. She wrote nine novels (five in English, four in French), poems, articles on Travels and Art, essays, short-stories, plays and epigrams. In 1950 General Catroux awards her with Légion d’honneur as femme de lettres; In 1953 the president of Paris Council, presents her with the Medaille d’argent de la ville de Paris. In 1960 the President of the Italian Republic confers on Violet Trefusis the highest honor of Commendatore della Repubblica italiana “for her literary merits and her attachment shown towards Italy”. During the 50s and the 60s, she established a cosmopolitan cultural environment that made her Villa dell’Ombrellino in Florence (as well as her two houses in France) a benchmark for artists and intellectuals. In 1966 she promoted the twinning between Florence and Edinburgh. She died in Florence on 1st March 1972. In March 2019 the Library of Oblate in Florence gave the name of Violet Trefusis to one of its main reading-rooms.

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Alice Keppel; Violet Trefusis (née Keppel), by Unknown photographer - NPG x75997

Alice Keppel; Violet Trefusis (née Keppel)

by Unknown photographer
sepia vintage print, late 1890s
NPG x75997

Violet Trefusis (née Keppel); Alice Keppel, printed by Tony White, after  Alice Hughes - NPG x76714

Violet Trefusis (née Keppel); Alice Keppel

printed by Tony White, after Alice Hughes
platinum copy print, 1994 (1899)
NPG x76714

Violet Trefusis (née Keppel), by Bertram Park - NPG x76715

Violet Trefusis (née Keppel)

by Bertram Park
vintage bromide print, late 1920s
NPG x76715

Violet Trefusis (née Keppel), by Francis Goodman - NPG x75942

Violet Trefusis (née Keppel)

by Francis Goodman
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 25-31 August 1947
NPG x75942

Violet Trefusis (née Keppel), by Francis Goodman - NPG x75944

Violet Trefusis (née Keppel)

by Francis Goodman
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 25-31 August 1947
NPG x75944

Violet Trefusis (née Keppel); Derek Coventry Patmore, by Francis Goodman - NPG x75945

Violet Trefusis (née Keppel); Derek Coventry Patmore

by Francis Goodman
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 25-31 August 1947
NPG x75945

Derek Coventry Patmore; Violet Trefusis (née Keppel), by Francis Goodman - NPG x75946

Derek Coventry Patmore; Violet Trefusis (née Keppel)

by Francis Goodman
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 25-31 August 1947
NPG x75946

Violet Trefusis (née Keppel), by Francis Goodman - NPG x75947

Violet Trefusis (née Keppel)

by Francis Goodman
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 25-31 August 1947
NPG x75947

Derek Coventry Patmore; Violet Trefusis (née Keppel), by Francis Goodman - NPG x75949

Derek Coventry Patmore; Violet Trefusis (née Keppel)

by Francis Goodman
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 25-31 August 1947
NPG x75949

Violet Trefusis (née Keppel), by Francis Goodman - NPG x75950

Violet Trefusis (née Keppel)

by Francis Goodman
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 25-31 August 1947
NPG x75950

Violet Trefusis (née Keppel), by Francis Goodman - NPG x75948

Violet Trefusis (née Keppel)

by Francis Goodman
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 25-31 August 1947
NPG x75948

Violet Trefusis (née Keppel), by Francis Goodman - NPG x75941

Violet Trefusis (née Keppel)

by Francis Goodman
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 25-31 August 1947
NPG x75941

Violet Trefusis (née Keppel), by Francis Goodman - NPG x75881

Violet Trefusis (née Keppel)

by Francis Goodman
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 21 September 1950
NPG x75881

Violet Trefusis (née Keppel), by Francis Goodman - NPG x76869

Violet Trefusis (née Keppel)

by Francis Goodman
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 21 September 1950
NPG x76869

Violet Trefusis (née Keppel), by Francis Goodman - NPG x76875

Violet Trefusis (née Keppel)

by Francis Goodman
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 21 September 1950
NPG x76875

Violet Trefusis (née Keppel), by Foto Agenzia Marchiori - NPG x135369

Violet Trefusis (née Keppel)

by Foto Agenzia Marchiori
vintage cream-toned bromide print, 1950s
NPG x135369

Violet Trefusis (née Keppel), by Pamela Chandler - NPG x88819

Violet Trefusis (née Keppel)

by Pamela Chandler
modern bromide print from original negative, 1952
NPG x88819

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