Vanessa Bell, recipient: Duncan Grant

Letter from Vanessa Bell to Duncan Grant

[6 March 1914]

Details

Created by
Vanessa Bell 1879–1961
Recipient
Duncan Grant 1885–1978
Title
Letter from Vanessa Bell to Duncan Grant
Date
[6 March 1914]
Format
Document - correspondence
Collection
Tate Archive
Acquisition
Presented to Tate Archive by Henrietta Garnett, May 2007.
Reference
TGA 20078/1/44/21

Letter from Vanessa Bell, 46 Gordon Square, Bloomsbury, London, to Duncan Grant, Paris, who is recovering from flu while working for Jacques Copeau at the Théâtre du Vieux-Colombier. She describes her current work - a pavement mosaic for Lady Jean Hamilton, reworking a stained glass design for the same patron that was rejected in favour of Roger Fry's; and a screen. Fry is pessimistic about the Omega Workshops' lack of success and the possible bankruptcy of its backer Hagop Kevorkian. She describes a visit with Clive to Annie and Leonard Raven-Hill, which concluded with their hostess using the chamber pot in Vanessa's presence, a scene she illustrates using her children's coloured chalks. She tells of an exchange of gifts with Simon Bussy, and Ottoline Morrel's attempt to heal their three-year rift, and proposes a picture-buying subscription club. Also mentions Paul Cézanne, Henry Lamb, Margery Snowden, and Lytton Strachey.

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