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Vita Sackville-West

(1892-1962), Writer and gardener; wife of Sir Harold Nicolson

Victoria Mary ('Vita') Sackville-West

Sitter associated with 28 portraits
Vita Sackville-West was born at Knole, Kent. Like her husband Harold Nicolson, Sackville-West was a prolific author and her publications include Knole and the Sackvilles (1922) about her birthplace and ancestry, the long poem The Land (1926), and the novel, All Passion Spent (1931). Her disappointment at being unable, as a woman, to inherit the Knole estate found positive expression in her subsequent collaboration with Nicolson on the garden of their home at Sissinghurst Castle. Her affair with Violet Trefusis, and her later relationship with Virginia Woolf, which inspired Woolf to write historical-fantasy novel Orlando (1928), provided the backdrop for her marriage to Nicolson.

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Vita Sackville-West, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x28912

Vita Sackville-West

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1957
NPG x28912

Vita Sackville-West, by Cecil Beaton - NPG x14197

Vita Sackville-West

by Cecil Beaton
bromide print on white card mount, 1958
NPG x14197

Vita Sackville-West, by Kurt Hutton (Kurt Hubschman) - NPG x194025

Vita Sackville-West

by Kurt Hutton (Kurt Hubschman)
bromide print, 1961
NPG x194025

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Vita Sackville-West

by Howard Coster
bromide print, 1920s-1930s
NPG x10666

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Vita Sackville-West

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative, 1934
NPG x12029

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Vita Sackville-West

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative, 1934
NPG x12030

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Vita Sackville-West

by Howard Coster
10 x 8 inch film negative, 1934
NPG x12031

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Anne Matthews

04 September 2019, 23:18

Jane Bown photographed Vita Sackville-West in 1960. Reference ‘Exposures’, pub. 2009 by Guardian books. Arresting images of later life.

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