Gerald Brenan

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Hispanophile author. During the First World War, Brenan fought in the Ypres salient, on the Somme, and in the Battle of the Marne. He won the Military Cross and the Croix de Guerre. He first became associated with Bloomsbury through Roger Fry. Through Ralph Partridge, with whom he served during the war, he met Carrington and Lytton Strachey. He lived in Spain from 1919 to the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War and then permanently from 1953. His works include The Spanish Labyrinth (1945) and two volumes of autobiography (1962, 1974). In April 1920, while Brenan was living in Spain at Yegan, a primitive village on the southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada, he was visited by Partridge, Carrington and Strachey. Carrington fell in love with Brenan and, after her marriage to Partridge, maintained a secret correspondence.

National Portrait Gallery, London



Gerald Brenan




oil on canvas


H 49.5 x W 40.6 cm

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Given by John Wolfers, 1978

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