Hutchinson, Mary, 1889-1977

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From the description of Mary Hutchinson Papers, 1910-1977. (Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center (HRC); University of Texas at Austin). WorldCat record id: 145406393

Born in 1889 to Sir Hugh Barnes and Winifred Strachey Barnes, Mary (Barnes) Hutchinson spent her early childhood in India before being sent to boarding school in England. In 1910 she married a lawyer, St. John Hutchinson, and about the same time her cousin and confidante Lytton Strachey and his friend Duncan Grant introduced her to the Bloomsbury group.

Initially shy in the company of this artistic group of people, Hutchinson soon entered into the spirit of Bloomsbury, becoming a generous hostess and patroness. Surrounded by writers as she was, it is perhaps not surprising that she also took to writing, publishing a single volume of short stories and essays, Fugitive Pieces, in 1927. Hutchinson also became deeply involved in the lives of her friends and, in the manner of the Bloomsbury group, maintained a long term affair with Clive Bell which was not particularly discreet. On the other hand she seems to have maintained a similarly lengthy relationship with Aldous and Marie Huxley, without, it is thought, the knowledge of her husband or Bloomsbury in general. She also provided a great deal of emotional support to T.S. and Vivienne Eliot, helping both of them through their divorce, and remaining in touch with Vivienne as her mental faculties deteriorated.

Hutchinson remained actively involved with the arts throughout her life. Interested in the art and literature of modern France, she was an early supporter of Samuel Beckett and later championed the Royal Shakespeare Company. Even at the age of 70 she was interested in change and new expressions in art, supporting the publication of the avant-garde literary and artistic magazine, X. She died in 1977, survived by her only child, Lord Hutchinson of Lullington.

From the guide to the Mary Hutchinson Papers TXRC98-A20., 1910-1977, (Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin)

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associatedWith Anrep, Boris. person
associatedWith Anrep, Boris. person
associatedWith Beckett, Samuel, 1906- person
associatedWith Beckett, Samuel, 1906-1989. person
associatedWith Bell, Clive, 1881-1964 person
associatedWith Bell, Vanessa, 1879-1961 person
associatedWith Bennett, Arnold, 1867-1931 person
associatedWith Birrell, Francis, 1889-1935 person
associatedWith Bussy, Dorothy. person
associatedWith Bussy,Dorothy. person
associatedWith Bussy, Jane Simone. person
associatedWith Bussy, Jane Simone. person
associatedWith Cannan, Gilbert, 1884-1955 person
associatedWith Carrington, Dora de Houghton, 1893-1932 person
associatedWith Duthuit, Georges, 1891- person
associatedWith Duthuit-Matisse, Marguerite. person
associatedWith Duthuit-Matisse, Marguerite. person
associatedWith Earp, Thomas Wade, 1892- person
associatedWith Eliot, T. S. (Thomas Stearns), 1888-1965 person
associatedWith Eliot, Vivienne Haigh, 1888-1947 person
associatedWith English Stage Company at the Royal Court Theatre corporateBody
associatedWith Fry, Roger Eliot, 1866-1934. person
associatedWith Fry, Roger Eliot, 1899-1934 person
associatedWith Gertler, Mark, 1891-1939 person
associatedWith Glenavy, Beatrice Moss Elvery Campbell, Baroness. person
associatedWith Grant, Duncan, 1885-1978 person
associatedWith Hone, Joseph M. (Joseph Maunsell), 1882-1959 person
associatedWith Huxley, Aldous, 1894-1963 person
associatedWith Huxley, Maria. person
associatedWith Huxley, Maria. person
associatedWith John, Augustus, 1878-1967 person
associatedWith Karsavina, Tamara. person
associatedWith Karsavina, Tamara. person
associatedWith Kauffer, E. McKnight (Edward McKnight), 1890-1954 person
associatedWith Kauffer, Marion. person
associatedWith Kauffer, Marion. person
associatedWith MacCarthy, Desmond, 1877-1952 person
associatedWith MacCarthy, Mary Warre-Cornish. person
associatedWith MacCarthy, Mary Warre-Cornish. person
associatedWith Moore, George, 1852-1933 person
associatedWith Morrell, Ottoline Violet Anne Cavendish-Bentick, Lady, 1873-1938 person
associatedWith Morris, Henry, person
associatedWith Morris, Henry, of Cambridgeshire. person
associatedWith Russell, Bertrand, 1872-1970 person
associatedWith Strachey, Lytton, 1880-1932 person
associatedWith Tonks, Henry, 1862-1937 person
associatedWith Woolf, Leonard Sidney, 1880-1969 person
associatedWith Woolf, Virginia Stephen, 1882-1941 person
associatedWith Wright, David, 1920- person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Great Britain
England
Subject
Bloomsbury group
Women intellectuals--Great Britain
England, Intellectual life, 20th century
England--Social life and customs--20th century
Women intellectuals
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Birth 1889

Death 1977

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