In the 1920s and 1930s, Edith, Osbert and Sacheverell Sitwell were the centre of a literary clique that rivalled the Bloomsbury set.
The children of a Baronet, they grew up at the family seat, Renishaw Hall in Derbyshire, The brothers went to Eton and Oxford and Osbert fought with distinction in the World War I trenches. Edith was educated by a governess, who she later lived with in London and Paris for much of her adult life.
From 1916, the siblings produced anthologies of their own and others’ work and entered literary, musical and artistic collaborations.
They also established individual reputations. Edith was best known as a progressive poet, Osbert as a prose writer and Sacheverell as an art historian, critic and arbiter of taste.