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Hon. Philip Charles Thomson Ritchie  (May 18, 1899 - September 13, 1927) was born on 18 May 1899, the son of Charles Ritchie, 2nd Baron Ritchie of Dundee and Sarah Ruth Jennings. He graduated from Trinity College, Oxford, with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) A contemporary of Cyril Connolly at Oxford, Ritchie was a brilliant homosexual with whom both Maurice Bowra and, later, Molly MacCarthy had fallen hopelessly in love. Connolly had asked Bowra to make "good blood" with Ritchie, who had become his "strongest fancy figure", in a purely intellectual sense.

Ritchie gained the rank of 2nd Lieutenant in the Suffolk Regiment.

The private letters of Lytton Strachey reveal that Roger Senhouse was his last lover, with whom he had a secretly sado-masochistic relationship in the early 1930s. According to a letter, Lytton "anxiously hovered, blowing hot and cold over Philip Ritchie, and alternately cold and hot over his companion, Roger Senhouse." One time in London, Connolly bumped into into Brian Howard, and together they "scoured" the Embankment: they had no luck, he told Bowra, though they did bump into Eddy Sackville-West and Philip Ritchie - both homosexual, and both presumably doing a bit of "scouring" themselves. Raymond Mortimer and Ritchie were the only Oxonian to be accepted by the Bloomsbury Group.

Philip Ritchie died aged 28 followsing a tonsillectomy on 13 September 1927. In his diary, Connolly wrote: "Philip's death has given me a nasty jolt — it is the fist time that someone who has played a serious though slight part in my own life has actually died, someone whom my greatest friends have loved, someone I would like to have slept with... though he never read anything and never wrote he always seemed to me the most complete intellectual and the quintessence of what was most Oxford. I sympathise with Maurice more than Molly for the latter had a silly mainly physical love affair and to Maurice he was a confessor and an ideal and his death must seem a kind of treachery." The early death of Philip Ritchie at 28 made Virginia Woolf feel like "an elderly laggard" with "no right to go on."


Philip Charles Thomson Ritchie by Ray Strachey oil on board, 1925-1927 21 in. x 15 1/2 in. (533 mm x 394 mm) Given by Barbara Strachey (Hultin, later Halpern), 1999 Reference Collection NPG D221


Philip Charles Thomson Ritchie; Edward ('Eddy') Sackville-West by Lady Ottoline Morrell vintage snapshot print, 1926 2 7/8 in. x 3 7/8 in. (74 mm x 100 mm) image size Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Dame Helen Gardner Bequest, 2003 Photographs Collection NPG Ax142389


Philip Charles Thomson Ritchie; Lytton Strachey by Lady Ottoline Morrell vintage snapshot print, 1924 3 7/8 in. x 2 1/8 in. (97 mm x 54 mm) image size Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Dame Helen Gardner Bequest, 2003 Photographs Collection NPG Ax141563


Clifford Henry Benn Kitchin; Richard Jennings; John Kenneth Ritchie, 3rd Baron Ritchie of Dundee; Philip Charles Thomson Ritchie by Lady Ottoline Morrell vintage snapshot print, June 1924 2 7/8 in. x 3 7/8 in. (73 mm x 98 mm) image size Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Dame Helen Gardner Bequest, 2003 Photographs Collection NPG Ax141600


William David Hogarth; Lytton Strachey; Philip Charles Thomson Ritchie; Julian Vinogradoff (née Morrell) by Lady Ottoline Morrell vintage snapshot print, 1924 3 1/8 in. x 2 7/8 in. (78 mm x 74 mm) image size Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Dame Helen Gardner Bequest, 2003 Photographs Collection NPG Ax141562a


Dr Marten; Philip Charles Thomson Ritchie by Lady Ottoline Morrell vintage snapshot print, 1923 3 7/8 in. x 2 1/8 in. (98 mm x 54 mm) image size Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Dame Helen Gardner Bequest, 2003 Photographs Collection NPG Ax141565


Philip Charles Thomson Ritchie; Virginia Woolf by Lady Ottoline Morrell vintage snapshot print, June 1923 5 3/8 in. x 3 1/4 in. (135 mm x 83 mm) image size Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Dame Helen Gardner Bequest, 2003 Photographs Collection NPG Ax141311


Philip Charles Thomson Ritchie; Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson; Edward ('Eddy') Sackville-West by Lady Ottoline Morrell vintage snapshot print, 1922 2 1/8 in. x 3 1/2 in. (55 mm x 90 mm) image size Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Dame Helen Gardner Bequest, 2003 Photographs Collection NPG Ax141361


Lady Ottoline Morrell; Herbert Henry Asquith, 1st Earl of Oxford and Asquith; Philip Charles Thomson Ritchie possibly by Philip Edward Morrell vintage snapshot print, 1922 1 3/4 in. x 2 5/8 in. (45 mm x 68 mm) image size Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Dame Helen Gardner Bequest, 2003 Photographs Collection NPG Ax141295


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