Dora Carrington

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Self-portrait by Dora Carrington, around 1910

Dora de Houghton Carrington (born March 29, 1893 in Hereford , Herefordshire , † March 11, 1932 in Newbury , Berkshire ) was a British painter .


Dora Carrington: Portrait of Julia Strachey, Lytton Strachey's niece, 1925

Carrington was the daughter of a respected lawyer in Hereford. Her talent was recognized early on, and in addition to school lessons, she also had drawing lessons. Carrington later won a scholarship to the prestigious Slade School of Fine Art in London , where she met Paul Nash , John Nash , Christopher Nevinson , Mark Gertler and Phyllis Gardner .

At art academy it was customary to address students by their last name, so she called herself Carrington . Carrington was not very successful during her lifetime and only had two exhibitions as an artist. She illustrated the first small work Two Stories , published by the Hogarth Press in 1917 , which each contained a story of the spouses Woolf, The Mark on the Wall ( The Spot on the Wall ) by Virginia and Three Jews by Leonard Woolf with four woodcuts.

During the First World War, Carrington met the well-known critic and essayist Lytton Strachey . For both of them it was love at first sight, and they had a relationship without any taboos for years, despite his homosexuality . Strachey fell in love with Ralph Partridge, whom Carrington married in 1921 to keep up social appearances. Their marriage was a ménage à trois . Partridge was an employee of the Hogarth Press from 1920 to 1923. In January 1932, Strachey died of cancer . Dora Carrington committed suicide with a shotgun two months later after her first attempt at suicide with car exhaust failed.

Works (selection)


  • Carrington - Love to Death, Great Britain 1995, 121 min, written and directed by Christopher Hampton ; under this title the love triangle between Dora Carrington, Ralph Partridge and Lytton Strachey and with Emma Thompson (Carrington), Steven Waddington (Partridge) and Jonathan Pryce (Strachey) was filmed in the leading roles


Web links

Commons : Dora Carrington  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Julia Strachey was married to the sculptor Stephen Tomlin from 1927 to 1934 .