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Virginia Woolf looking very stylish. She was part of the Bloomsbury Group.

Virginia Woolf by Lady Ottoline Morrell, vintage snapshot print, June 1926 © National Portrait Gallery, London.

<3 Augustus John; Dorelia McNeill by Lady Ottoline Morrell.  To put this in context, Dorelia McNeil was his long time mistress who lived with him and his first wife, mother of 2 of his 7 children, and later his wife. Lady Ottoline Morell was one of his mistresses.

Augustus John & Dorelia McNeill, May 1909 ~ Lady Ottoline Morrell

The artist Duncan Grant (left) with his longtime lover, the economist John Maynard Keynes.

Bloomsbury group: The artist Duncan Grant (left) with his longtime lover, the economist John Maynard Keynes.

Ottoline Morrell, Cecil Beaton portrait sitting

Lady Ottoline Morrell 1927 - friend of Virginia Wolf. Woolf's book, ORLANDO, was dedicated to OM and inspired by her family's history.

Lady Ottoline Morrell

Lady Ottoline Morrell Lady Ottoline Violet Anne Morrell was an English aristocrat and society hostess. Her patronage was influential in artistic and intellectual circles, where she befriended writers including Aldous Huxley, Siegfried Sassoon, T.

Wouldn't you love to hear what Virginia Woolf and Lytton Strachey were discussing on that lovely bench in the garden?  And who's that in the foreground listening in?

Virginia Woolf (née Stephen), by Lady Ottoline Morrell, June 1923 - NPG - © National Portrait Gallery, London

U.K. Bloomsbury Group. Dora Carrington, Ralph Partridge, Lytton Strachey, Oliver Strachey, Frances Partridge, 1923.  Let's see...Dora was married to Ralph but loved Lytton who loved Ralph who loved Frances.

Some members of The Bloomsbury Group: Dora Carrington, Ralph Partridge, Lytton Strachey, Oliver Strachey, Frances Partridge

Virginia Woolf photographed by Lady Ottoline Morrell at Garsington Manor in 1917

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Virginia Woolf (née Stephen), by Lady Ottoline Morrell, circa 1917 - NPG - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Lady Ottoline Morrell (1873-1938), Patron of the arts; half-sister of 6th Duke of Portland; wife of Philip Edward Morrell

Lady Ottoline Morrell Patron of the arts; half-sister of Duke of Portland; wife of Philip Edward Morrell

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