“Lytton Strachey was an aesthete, and his appearance was singular. He draped his long, limp body and long, thin extremities in eccentric and picturesque garments. He was nearsighted, and never really well. ‘I never remember to have seen him run,’ wrote Leonard. He was the eleventh of the thirteenth children of Sir Richard Strachey, an ex-colonial administrator, and was cossetted by his vital and dominant mother and his strong-minded elder sisters. An odd, sensitive boy, Lytton
Virginia Woolf's husband, Leonard, grew to share her disillusionment. Virginia’s doctors, he wrote, "had not the slightest idea of the nature or the cause of Virginia’s mental state. . . all they could say was that she was suffering from neurasthenia and that, if she could be induced or compelled to rest and eat and if she could be prevented from committing suicide, she would recover."
The Bloomsbury Group. An influential group of artists and writers who were friends during the first half of the 20th century. Our picture shows: Auberon Duckworth; Duncan Grant; Julian Bell; Leonard Woolf, and front: Virginia Woolf; Lady Margaret Duckworth; Clive Bell; Vanessa Bell. The Duckworths, although in the picture, were not in the Group, and missing from the picture are: Roger Fry; J M Keynes; Lytton Strachey; Otteline Morrell and Arthur Waley.