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Jewels of real-life Lady Chatterley

Salisbury sale features collection of flamboyant figure

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Twelve items of jewellery belonging to Lady Ottoline Morrell (1873-1938) – the woman who inspired the DH Lawrence character Lady Chatterley – contributed more than £15,000 to the sale conducted by Woolley & Wallis on October 26, Roland Arkell writes.

Morrell, who enjoyed what today would be called an ‘open marriage’ with her husband, the Liberal MP Philip Morrell, was known to have had many lovers including Bertrand Russell, Augustus John and Roger Fry. In her later years there were brief affairs with a gardener employed at Garsington and a stonemason known as Tiger.

Not quite sex in the woodshed, but the type of behaviour that shaped the Lady Chatterley’s Lover character which, upon its publication, hurt her deeply. In a letter to friend Virginia Woolf, referring to Lawrence she wrote: “I was so angry I could hardly finish his letters.”

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