CARRINGTON, DORA

Youthful Letter by Pioneering British Artist and Bloomsbury Member

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CARRINGTON, DORA. (1893-1932). British artist associated with the Bloomsbury Group and remembered for her unusual relationship with Bloomsbury writer Lytton Strachey. APCS. (“Dora and Noël Carrington”). 1p. 12mo. Bedford, August 6, 1907. To her brother Samuel Carrington. Written at age 14 on a small correspondence card.

 

“Dear Old Sammy, How do you like camp? Have you saved much tink yet. Mr. Benson the dentist came the other day & asked me down to stay with them at Weston-S. Mare but I don’t think I shall be able to because of Noël as he can’t be left alone. Please write to me soon with best love from Dora and Noël Carrington We have made a tent in the garden jolly decent one. We are having a ripping time & have been fishing caught 0.”

 

Carrington, the daughter of a railway engineer, was raised in Bedford, the second youngest of five children including eldest brother Samuel and Noël, the youngest. Her parents recognized her aptitude for art at a young age and fostered it with drawing lessons. After winning a scholarship to attend art school in London, she began to use only the name “Carrington” and adopted an androgynous style suited to her unconventional sexuality, having affairs with both men and women. For many years, Carrington was involved in an open relationship with English Bloomsbury writer Lytton Strachey, a professed homosexual and author ofEminent Victorians, whom she met while staying with Virginia Wolfe. They began living together in 1917 and the following year, both began a love affair with Ralph Partridge, an Oxford classmate of her brother Noël. In 1921, at Strachey’s urging, Carrington married Partridge, and the ménage-a-trois cohabited at Ham Spray House, where she had a studio from 1924 until Strachey and Carrington’s deaths: his from cancer and hers from suicide.

 

Largely overlooked during her lifetime, Carrington’s oeuvre includes portraits, surrealist landscapes, woodblock prints, sketches, ceramics, decorative arts, murals, and works executed in mixed media.

 

The character of Mary Bracegirdle in Chrome Yellow, a novel by Aldous Huxley, is based on Carrington, whom Huxley once loved.

 

Our charming, youthful and somewhat tomboyish letter is written to her brother away at camp in a seaside resort town in Essex. Folded and creased with scattered staining and wear. In good condition Rare.

 

 

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