Una, Lady Troubridge

  • Romaine Brooks, Una, Lady Troubridge, 1924, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist, 1966.49.6

Exhibition Label

Una Troubridge was a British aristocrat, literary translator, and the lover of Radclyffe Hall, author of the 1928 pathbreaking lesbian novel, The Well of Loneliness. Troubridge appears with a sense of formality and importance typical of upper-class portraiture, but with the sitter's prized dachshunds in place of the traditional hunting dog. Troubridge's impeccably tailored clothing, cravat, and bobbed hair convey the fashionable and daring androgyny associated with the so-called new woman. Her monocle suggested multiple symbolic associations to contemporary British audiences: it alluded to Troubridge's upper-class status, her Englishness, her sense of rebellion, and possibly her lesbian identity.

The Art of Romaine Brooks, 2016

Luce Center Label

British sculptor and writer Una, Lady Troubridge (1887-1963) is best remembered for her numerous translations from French and Italian, and is credited with introducing the French novelist Colette to English readers. She also wrote a biography of her longtime partner, Marguerite "John" Radclyffe Hall, author of the 1928 classic The Well of Loneliness. In 1908, Una married Admiral Sir Ernest Thomas Troubridge, but the union ended in 1915, the same year she met Hall.

Title
Una, Lady Troubridge
Artist
Date
1924
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
50 1/8 x 30 1/8 in. (127.3 x 76.4 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the artist

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Dress – accessory – eye wear
  • Portrait female – Troubridge, Una
  • Animal – dog – dachshund
  • Occupation – other – aristocrat
Object Number
1966.49.6
Palette
Emoji
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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