Blunt-Lytton, Judith Anne Dorothea, 16th Baroness Wentworth

BORN 6 Feb 1873, London - DIED 8 Aug 1957, Crawley, Sussex
GRAVE LOCATION Crawley, West Sussex: Franciscan Monastery

Daughter of the poet Wilfred Scawen Blunt and descendant of the great Lord Byron. She spent most of het childhood with her parents in Egypt and spoke Arabic and Turkish fluently. She was a beauty in her youth and sat for of Burne-Jones' last studies.

In 1899 she married Neville Stephen Lytton, who became third Earl of Lytton. They lived at Crabbet Park in a house that was filled with relics of Lord Byron. On October 24, 1904 she changed her name from Lytton back to Blunt and in 1923 they were divorced.

Like her mother she was involved in Arabian horse breeding. From her parents she inherited the Crabbet Stud in England. She and her husband were excellent racquet players (she was the woman champion of her country).

In 1945 she published "The authentic Arabian horse and his descendants; three voices concerning the horses of Arabia: tradition (Nejd. inner East), romantic fable (Islam), the outside world of the West".

She had quarreled with her children and although they exchanged letters, she hadn't seen her son for 37 years when he came to her deathbed in 1957.

• Father: Blunt, Wilfrid Scawen
• Mother: Noel, Anne Isabella, 15th Baroness Wentworth
• Son: Lytton, Noel Anthony Scawen, 4th Earl of Lytton

Related persons
• worked as a model for Burne-Jones, Edward


The grave of Judith Blunt-Lytton at the Franciscan Monastery, Crawley.
Picture by Androom (16 Feb 2017)


Boccara, Frida

Published: 01 Jan 2006
Last update: 25 Apr 2022