Ottoline Morrell, ca. 1920s–30s.
Photographer unknown; from the collection of the T. S. Eliot Estate.

Ottoline Morrell


Ottoline Morrell (1873–1938): daughter of Lieutenant-General Arthur Bentinck and half-sister to the Duke of Portland. In 1902 she married Philip Morrell (1870–1941), Liberal MP for South Oxfordshire 1902–18. A patron of the arts, she entertained a notable literary and artistic circle, first at 44 Bedford Square, London, and then at Garsington Manor, nr. Oxford, where she moved in 1915. She was a lover of Bertrand Russell, who introduced her to TSE, and her many friends included Lytton Strachey, D. H. Lawrence, Aldous Huxley, Siegfried Sassoon, the Woolfs, and the Eliots. Her memoirs (ed. by Robert Gathorne-Hardy) appeared as Ottoline (1963) and Ottoline at Garsington (1974). See further Miranda Seymour, Life on the Grand Scale: Lady Ottoline Morrell (1992, 1998).