Catharine Carrington (née Alexander) was the sister-in-law of the Bloomsbury group painter Dora Carrington. She was born in 1904 in rural England, and educated primarily by her father—a schoolmaster and later craftsman—before attending Slade Art School at University College, London. In 1925 she married Dora’s brother Noel Carrington, who worked in the publishing and printing business, including editing at Penguin Books. The Carrington’s had three children, Paul, Joanna and Jane, and resided in Hampstead before moving to a farm called Long Acre after World War II, where they lived for many years. Noel Carrington lived into his nineties, and Catharine died in 2004.
Fonds consists of letters, 1970–2000, written by Catharine Carrington to her friend Maryse Shaw, who was a bookseller in London, England. The correspondence covers a wide variety of subjects, including local and family news, cultural interests, social events, as well as persons once involved in the Bloomsbury Group; it also includes photocopies of photographs of the Carrington family, their farm, and friends, including Maryse Shaw.
Title based on contents of the fonds.
Acquired from Timothy and Maryse Shaw, 2008
Restrictions on access: No restrictions on access
No further accruals are expected
Memoirs, by Catharine Carrington, is available in the Victoria University Library
Provenance access points: Carrington, Catharine
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- Bloomsbury Group and Hogarth Press Collection
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- Jennie Huie
- International Virginia Woolf Society
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- S.P. Rosenbaum
- R.C. Trevelyan
- Woolf/Bloomsbury Group/Hogarth Press Ephemera Collection
- Leonard Woolf
- Virginia Woolf Collection
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