N05764 Recto: LYTTON STRACHEY c. 1909
Verso: MARJORIE STRACHEY
Canvas, 21×26 (53×66).
Purchased from the artist (Knapping Fund) 1947.
Exh: Tate Gallery, May–June 1959 (9).
Lytton Strachey, the critic and biographer, and his sister Marjorie, also a writer, were Duncan Grant's cousins; it was through the Strachey family that Grant entered the Bloomsbury circle. These portraits were painted c. 1909 at the Stracheys' home in Belsize Park Gardens. For a note on Lytton Strachey see Lamb, T00118.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I