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Frieda Emma Johanna Maria Lawrence (née von Richthofen)

(1879-1956), Writer; former wife of Ernest Weekley and later wife of D.H. Lawrence

Sitter in 11 portraits
Born in Metz, Germany, Frieda Lawrence came to England with her first husband Ernest Weekley, a university professor based in Nottingham, with whom she had three children. In Nottingham, she met the young writer D. H. Lawrence and in 1912, they eloped, marrying in 1914. Lawrence described Frieda as 'the one possible woman for me, for I must have opposition-something to fight'. The couple travelled extensively together. After the death of Lawrence in 1930, Frieda settled on their ranch in Taos, New Mexico. Her memoir of life with Lawrence, Not I, but the Wind was published in 1934, and her autobiography was published posthumously as Frieda Lawrence, the Memoirs and Correspondence.

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D.H. Lawrence; Frieda Emma Johanna Maria Lawrence (née von Richthofen), possibly by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG x140425

D.H. Lawrence; Frieda Emma Johanna Maria Lawrence (née von Richthofen)

possibly by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1928
NPG x140425

Frieda Emma Johanna Maria Lawrence (née von Richthofen), possibly by Philip Edward Morrell - NPG Ax142998

Frieda Emma Johanna Maria Lawrence (née von Richthofen)

possibly by Philip Edward Morrell
vintage snapshot print, July 1929
NPG Ax142998

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Frieda Emma Johanna Maria Lawrence (née von Richthofen)

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1937
NPG x23262

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Frieda Emma Johanna Maria Lawrence (née von Richthofen)

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1937
NPG x23263

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Frieda Emma Johanna Maria Lawrence (née von Richthofen)

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1937
NPG x23264

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Frieda Emma Johanna Maria Lawrence (née von Richthofen)

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1937
NPG x23265

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Frieda Emma Johanna Maria Lawrence (née von Richthofen)

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1937
NPG x23266

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Frieda Emma Johanna Maria Lawrence (née von Richthofen)

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1937
NPG x23267

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Frieda Emma Johanna Maria Lawrence (née von Richthofen)

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1937
NPG x23268

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