Catharine Carrington

Fonds number:
Title: Catharine Carrington
Dates of Material:
17 cm of textual records
Biographical sketch

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.

Scope and content

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.

Source of supplied title

Title based on contents of the fonds.

Immediate source of acquisition

Acquired from Timothy and Maryse Shaw, 2008

Access restrictions

Restrictions on access: No restrictions on access

Finding aids

Box/file list available.


No further accruals are expected

General notes

Memoirs, by Catharine Carrington, is available in the Victoria University Library
(ND497.C39 1989)

Access points

Provenance access points: Carrington, Catharine


Bloomsbury Group

Related exhibitions at Victoria University Library

In 1997 the library mounted “Bloomsbury: Books, art and design,” an exhibition based on its Virginia Woolf collection.

In 2007 the exhibition Virginia & Co. was mounted to celebrate the 125th birthday of Virginia Woolf