Fonds 61 - Catharine Carrington fonds

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CA ON00399 61


Catharine Carrington fonds


  • 1970-2000 (Creation)

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17 cm of textual records

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Biographical history

Catharine Carrington (nee 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.

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Acquired from Timothy and Maryse Shaw, 2008

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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.

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No further accruals are expected.

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Note the Bloomsbury related material: Quentin Bell fonds, Bloomsbury Group and Hogarth Press collection, Kenneth Clark fonds, Duncan Grant fonds, Jennie Huie fonds, International Virginia Woolf Society fonds, S.P. Rosenbaum fonds, R.C. Trevelyan fonds, Woolf/Bloomsbury Group/Hogarth Press Ephemera collection, Leonard Woolf fonds, Virginia Woolf collection and J. Howard Woolmer fonds


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

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