Nancy Mitford(1904-1973), Writer and biographer
Sitter in 25 portraits
The witty depiction English upper class life captured in the novels The Pursuit of Love (1945) and Love in a Cold Climate (1949) appealed to a post-war public. Mitford received very little formal education, but grew up reading biographies, memoirs and letters. In 1933, she married Peter Murray Rennell Rodd, whom she followed to Perpignan during the Spanish Civil War. Her harrowing experiences working at the French border with Spanish refugee victims moved her to become a socialist. From 1949 she was permanently established in Paris, where she wrote regular articles for the Sunday Times, and historical biographies, including Madame Pompadour (1954) and The Sun King (1966).
by Unknown photographer
bromide print, circa 1914
- Thomas Gibson Bowles (grandfather)
- Daphne Bowyer (née Freeman-Mitford), Lady Denham (aunt)
- Deborah Vivien Cavendish (née Freeman-Mitford), Duchess of Devonshire (sister)
- Peregrine Andrew Morny Cavendish, 12th Duke of Devonshire (nephew)
- Hon. Iris Elizabeth Freeman-Mitford (aunt)
- Jessica Lucy Freeman-Mitford (later Treuhaft) (sister)
- (Ernest) Rupert Bertram Freeman-Mitford (uncle)
- Thomas David Freeman-Mitford (brother)
- Hon. Unity Valkyrie Freeman-Mitford (sister)
- Pamela Jackson (née Freeman-Mitford) (sister)
- Hon. Frances Georgiana Kearsey (née Freeman-Mitford) (aunt)
- Diana Mosley (née Freeman-Mitford, later Guinness), Lady Mosley (sister)
- Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford, 1st Baron Redesdale (grandfather)
- Sydney (née Bowles), Lady Redesdale (mother)
- Hon. Peter Murray Rennell Rodd (husband)
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