Related to both the burrowing Duke of Portland and the largely ground-dwelling Queen Mother, Lady Ottoline Morrell was steeped in privilege and eccentricity, qualities which she put in the service of artists and writers. As a patron and hostess to the Bloomsbury set and others she was a key cultural catalyst in the first third of the 20th century. Her photographs, pasted into albums and never intended for a wide audience, nonetheless bear eloquent witness to a life lived in fine company.
British Bohème, Concerning the eccentricities of Ronald Firbank, Bohemian twilight, Strange Flowers guide to London, part 2 and part 3, To the very dregs, Circles: Evan Morgan (Augustus John)
Rare bird, Birds’ lament, A Casati family tree, Peer to peer, Come on Algernon, Circles: Evan Morgan, some pigeons are more equal than others (Lord Berners)
At home with Nina Hamnett, Arthur Cravan: poet, boxer, blogger, The con artist formerly known as Prince (André Gide)
Hardy survivor, Jacques-Émile Blanche | portraits (Thomas Hardy)
Sarawak job, The white caliph, Strange Flowers guide to London: part 3, Places: The Astana (Sylvia Brooke)