05 February 2010
Those Mitford Girls & William Acton
William Acton, the artist and brother of the famous aesthete, Harold Acton was a close friend of Diana Mitford. He sketched a lovely portrait of her. Her mother saw it and was so smitten, she commissioned Acton to draw the five remaining "Mitford Girls." I have never seen these drawing identified, so I am not real sure which is which. I believe, because of the difference in shading, the first is Diana. Acton did a famous painting of Diana and this looks like the sketch of that painting. Jessica is next and quite discernible. After that I am frankly lost.
Let's play "Pin The Name On The Mitfords." Please join in and let us know if you have ideas.
In 1985, only four of the "Mitford Girls" remained. Three of the sisters posed for portraits.