Dora Carrington

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DC is known predominantly for her personal relationships with writer Lytton Strachey and other members of the Bloomsbury Group, but she produced much striking work—visual and literary—herself. André Derain and Simon Bussy gave her portraits and landscapes contemporary praise; in his foreword to Noel Carrington 's 1978 book on his sister's art, former Tate Gallery Director Sir John Rothenstein described DC as the most neglected serious painter of her time.
Holroyd, Michael, and Jane Hill. “Foreword”. The Art of Dora Carrington, Herbert Press, 1994, pp. 7 - 9.
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Carrington (the name she chose to be known by) also wrote in range of genres (letters, diaries, short stories, poetry, and drama) throughout her life.
Black and white photo of Dora Carrington standing beside a seated Lytton Strachey in a garden. She is wearing jodhpurs, riding boots, and a sweater over a shirt. Her hair is bobbed and she holds a horse's saddle with the left stirrup hanging down.
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Milestones

29 March 1893
DC was born at Ivy lodge, the Carrington home, at Hereford.
Gerzina, Gretchen. Carrington: A Life of Dora Carrington, 1893-1932. John Murray, 1989.
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1901 or 1902
DC wrote a poem at the age of nine about a beggar named Sin which, according to her biographer Gretchen Gerzina , revealed both her interest in what people were called, and . . . her own developing sense of guilt.
Gerzina, Gretchen. Carrington: A Life of Dora Carrington, 1893-1932. John Murray, 1989.
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1916
Carrington created her best known painting, a portrait of her beloved companion , Lytton Strachey.
11 March 1932
Distraught by the recent death of her dearest companion, Lytton Strachey , DC made a second suicide attempt. This time she shot herself, and died.
Hill, Jane, and Michael Holroyd. The Art of Dora Carrington. Herbert Press, 1994.
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Biography

As an adult, DC preferred to call herself by her surname alone, and used pseudonyms in letters and other writings in part because, she wrote, Dora was the name of a lady [my father] once loved in India dimly in the past. He being a virtuous man he doubtless suppressed this reason, & he told my mother he just liked the name & it was short so I couldn't spell it wrong. My Mother being a woman told me later the reason. Houghton was my mother's name, so he added de to show that they had French blood in them, & because he was a whimsical character. . . . [Because my mother's] name is poison to me I would like to forget I am of Houghton blood [and] I dislike the Victorian sentimentality of Dora.
Gerzina, Gretchen. Carrington: A Life of Dora Carrington, 1893-1932. John Murray, 1989.
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Birth and Family