Brian Hunter

Brian Hunter

Posted on 08/15/2013

Photo taken on August 15, 2013

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Carrington paints Strachey

Carrington paints Strachey
Dora Carrington was a formidably talented portrait painter. She also suffered from a terrible lack of self confidence in her ability which seriously limited her productivity. This was compunded by a very complex private life. Nevinson and Gertler both fell for her and had a major quarrel in consequence- Gertler won out initially but was in turn dumped. In the end she settled into a relationship with the writer Lytton Strachey, portrayed here. Since Strachey was notoriously gay, this had its own complexities- on the other hand, Carrington was herself bisexual and ran through a number of lovers of both sexes. Overall, though, the relationship with Strachey worked- almost too well, perhaps. When Strachey died of cancer in 1931, Carrington took her own life in response.

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