Garsington

Society hostess Lady Ottoline Morrell took an avid interest in photography. Her photograph albums offer a fascinating record of guests at her homes in London and Garsington, Oxfordshire. After her visit in May 1923, Virginia Woolf wrote, ‘is the sunlight ever normal at Garsington? No I think even the sky is done up in pale yellow silk, and certainly the cabbages are scented’.

Many photographs shown here record the occasion when Virginia Woolf wore the dress designed by Parisian couturier Nicole Grout, and commissioned for her by Madge Garland, Vogue fashion editor. It consisted of a patterned two-piece dress and a long silk coat lined with the same pattern.

A slideshow of the photographs is included in the exhibition.