Victoria Sackville-West, Baroness Sackville

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To be distinguished from Vita Sackville-West.

Victoria Josefa Dolores Catalina Sackville-West, Baroness Sackville (1862–1936) 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[edit]

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.[1]


  1. ^ Ron Smith (2005). "Edwin Lutyens and his Two Ladies". Wargrave Local History Society. Retrieved 27 January 2013. 

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