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The lady in this portrait is a famous writer and gardener. The strong colours of her outfit and her commanding pose vividly convey her flamboyant personality. Assertively posed, with her elbow extended, her colourful character is brilliantly captured by Strang. She epitomizes the new woman of her time – stylish, confident – an independent thinker. Vita Sackville-West shocked Edwardian society because of her affairs with other women.
oil on canvas
102.9 x 77.5 cm
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