Victoria Sackville-West, Baroness Sackville

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Victoria Josefa Dolores Catalina Sackville-West, Baroness Sackville (1862 – 30 January 1936)[1] was the wife of her cousin Lionel Edward Sackville-West, 3rd Baron Sackville and mother of the writer, poet and gardener Vita Sackville-West. The family lived mainly at Knole House, an estate that had been theirs for centuries. Victoria has been mostly overshadowed by the colourful and controversial life of her daughter.

Early life, daughter's notoriety

She was the illegitimate daughter of the English diplomat Lionel Sackville-West, 2nd Baron Sackville and the Spanish dancer Josefa de la Oliva (née Durán y Ortega). Her life has been largely overshadowed by the high-profile and controversial bisexual life of her daughter, Vita Sackville-West. Lady Sackville was a close friend of the sculptor Auguste Rodin; her bust is on display at the Rodin Museum.


She had Edwin Lutyens design a house for her at Roedean, another for her guests at Worthing, and a third in London.[2]


  1. "Edwardian Hostess: Death of Victoria Lady Sackville". Gloucestershire Echo. 31 January 1936. p. 1. Retrieved 2014-08-06 – via The British Newspaper Archive. Unknown parameter |subscription= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Ron Smith (2005). "Edwin Lutyens and his Two Ladies". Wargrave Local History Society. Retrieved 27 January 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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