Partridge, Frances Catherine, 1900 - 2004 (writer and literary journalist)
Dates and places
1900-2004. Brunswick Square and Gordon Square, Bloomsbury; Ham Spray House, Wiltshire.
Sphere of activity
Admin / Family structure
Married Ralph Partridge, 1933.
Close friend of Julia Strachey and members of old and new Bloomsbury.
Found in 62 Collections and/or Records:
21 letters from Angelica Garnett.
23 letters from David Garnett.
This file also includes:
1 autograph letter, signed, from Frances Partridge to David Garnett, 18 Oct. 1967.
2 autograph letters, signed, from Duncan Grant to David Garnett, 14 and 23 Nov. 1967.
These photographs include snapshots of Burgo as a baby, toddler and young boy as well as duplicate copies of a professional passport photograph. Some images include Frances Partridge, other children, and a woman who appears to be a nurse or nanny. The file also contains photographs of a painting showing a dog chasing rats in a wooden pit watched by men in late 19th century dress. These were held in an envelope labelled: 'Rat photos (picture given to Burgo) by Euphemia Grove'.
This file comprises:-
3 autograph letters signed from Frances Partridge to NGA. 23 Feb. 1975 - 11 Mar. 1994
1 carbon typed letter from NGA to Frances Partridge. 9 May 1972.
Snapshot of Dora Carrington in the centre of the badminton court at Ham Spray House. Her back is towards the camera, she looks upwards, and she appears to be running to hit a shuttlecock. Her partner is Saxon Sydney-Turner, who stands with his racquet held in his right hand. In the distance, at the edge of the court, sit Ralph Partridge and Frances Partridge.
Snapshot of Dora Carrington sitting on the lawn near the verandah of Ham Spray House. Her right knee is raised and she holds a jug up to her face. Next to her sits Marjorie Strachey, with her left hand raised and her left elbow resting on her knee. Frances Partridge sits next to her, and Ralph Partridge kneels on the grass to the right. All look towards the camera.
Snapshot of Dora Carrington sitting with her back to the camera on the low wall of the verandah of Ham Spray House. She holds a small object, possibly a model of a bird, in her raised right hand. Frances Partridge sits on the wall to the right, looking down at a similar object in her own hand. Roger Senhouse stands between them holding a watering can above his head to reach the plant growing on the metal supports of the verandah. He looks towards the camera.
Snapshot of Dora Carrington, with her back to the camera, sitting on the low wall of the verandah of Ham Spray House. Opposite her on the wall sits Frances Partridge, with her legs crossed. Both women look down at objects they hold in their outstretched hands. Roger Senhouse stands between them, holding a watering can above their heads to the plants growing on the verandah framework. The caption in the album reads, 'Mandrake with Water-carrier'.
Snapshot of Margaret White sitting to the left, with her back to the camera. Garrow Tomlin lies on his stomach on the grass next to her, and Frances Partridge reclines on her side opposite him. Near the camera to the right sits 'Pat Blac..et' (possibly Patrick Blackett), who rests on his left arm and looks to the left at Margaret White. In her album, Frances Partridge describes the image as 'Picnic up the River. The Long Term'.
Snapshot of Frances Partridge sitting on grass to the left, resting on her right arm, looking to the right and smiling. Next to her, furthest from the camera, sits Patrick Blackett, who rests his arms on his raised knees. A woman, possibly Margaret White, sits behind Garrow Tomlin. He sits to the right with his hands held on his raised knees. In her album, Frances Partridge notes the picnic took place in 'The Long Term'.
Snapshot of Frances Partridge sitting on a low seat in the foreground to the right, turning her head towards the camera. Ralph Partridge sits near the steps of the cellar, looking down at bottles of wine near his feet. An unidentified man sits to the left of the image.
Snapshot of Frances Partridge sitting to the right of the image at a table covered in a checked cloth, holding a cat in her hands. Rachel MacCarthy (later Cecil) sits at the far side of the table and looks towards the camera. Ralph Partridge sits on a low wall to the left of the table, looking down at the food he holds in his hands. In her index, Frances Partridge describes the scene as breakfast on the verandah of Ham Spray House.
In her album, Frances Partridge identifies the individuals as 'Frances, Barbara, Margaret and Me'.
Snapshot of Frances Partridge standing next to the sea, reaching down to pick up something from the beach. An older girl, identified in the album as 'Jill', stands to the left and looks down at her. Both wear sun hats. The location is noted as Ryde, Isle of Wight.
These photographs include professional portraits in black and white, enlarged images of Frances Partridge with friends (including Nicholas Henderson and Patrick Halloran) and snapshots of meetings with friends in various houses.
Snapshot of Frances Partridge lying on her side on cushions on the stone verandah. Her left arm rests on a book or magazine in front of her, and she looks towards the camera.
Snapshot of Frances Partridge sitting on a lawn at the base of a tree, with her hands held together around her knees, and looking away from the camera. In the album, she gives the location as Newnham, Cambridge.
Snapshot of Frances Partridge sitting on grass, naked and holding a towel over her knees. Her left hand is raised to her head and she looks towards the camera. According to 'Friends in Focus', the location is her favourite bathing place, a backwater of the river Kennet.
Snapshot of Edward ('Eddie') Gathorne-Hardy sitting in a chair next to a window, with a vase of pampas grass behind him. He is smiling and looking upwards at Julia Strachey, who sits either on his knee or on the arm of the chair. She is leaning backwards, with her right leg outstretched and her eyes closed. Frances Partridge sits in the same position on the right, looking downwards at Julia Strachey. Her face is partially in shadow.
Snapshot of Frances Partridge sitting with her hands crossed on her lap and her legs crossed at the ankles, looking towards the camera. There are stone steps to the left, a hedge to the right and trees in the background.
Blurred snapshot of Frances Partridge sitting on a white horse, looking towards the camera. Ralph Partridge stands to the right of the image, holding the bit in the horse's mouth, and looking away from the camera to the left.
Snapshot of a picnic scene in Savernake Forest, Wiltshire. Frances Partridge sits furthest from the camera, resting her back against a tree trunk, with her hands on her lap, looking downwards. Dora Carrington sits closest to the camera, near the tree trunk, also looking downwards. Her face is obscured by her hair. Two men sit in shadow to the left of the image. They might be Ralph Partridge and Bernard ('Beakus') Penrose.
Snapshot of Frances Partridge sitting to the left on a grassy bank with trees in the background. She wears a swimming costume and swimming hat. Garrow Tomlin sits beside her with his elbows resting on his raised knees. Both look towards the camera. In her album, Frances Partridge describes the image as 'Bathing above Byron's Pool', Grantchester, Cambridgeshire.
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