When she was very young, and first married to Bryan Guinness, she was friendly with the writer Lytton Strachey (famous for Eminent Victorians, on the blog writing about Queen Elizabeth I) and his companion Carrington – an artist, who appears in this blog entry wearing odd shoes. The Guinness marriage broke down around the same time that Strachey died: Carrington subsequently committed suicide with a gun borrowed from Bryan Guinness. Mosley’s piece about them is thoughtful and convincing: she is looking back at her young self too, and explaining that there were things that she didn’t then understand about the strange relationship between Strachey and Carrington. Just before the extract above, she explains that for many years people would ask her mostly about Strachey, but as time has gone on they are more likely to be intrigued by Carrington.
There is a marvellous film about Carrington’s life, although it does not feature Guinness or Mosley.