Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: The Dinner Party: Heritage Floor: Vita Sackville West

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Judy Chicago (American, b. 1939). The Dinner Party (Heritage Floor; detail), 1974–79. Porcelain with rainbow and gold luster, 48 x 48 x 48 ft. (14.6 x 14.6 x 14.6 m). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation, 2002.10. © Judy Chicago. Photograph by Jook Leung Photography

Vita Sackville West
b. 1892, Knole Castle, Sevenoaks, Kent, England; d. 1962, Sissinghurst Castle, Kent, England

Vita Sackville-West was an English novelist and poet. Her published poetry collections include Chatterton (1909), Poems of West and East (1917), and Orchard and Vineyard (1921); additionally she wrote more than thirteen novels, including The Edwardians (1930) and All Passion Spent (1931). Though married, Sackville-West maintained numerous love affairs with women, including Virginia Woolf, who based the protagonist of the novel Orlando (1928) on her. An avid gardener, she wrote a popular gardening column in The Observer in 1946, which exposed her writing to a new audience and generation.

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