Vanessa Bell, recipient: Duncan Grant

Letter from Vanessa Bell to Duncan Grant

[25 December 1928]

In Tate Britain
Created by
Vanessa Bell 1879–1961
Recipient
Duncan Grant 1885–1978
Title
Letter from Vanessa Bell to Duncan Grant
Date
[25 December 1928]
Format
Document - correspondence
Collection
Tate Archive
Acquisition
Presented to Tate Archive by Henrietta Garnett, May 2007.
Reference
TGA 20078/1/44/159

Description

Letter from Vanessa Bell, Cleeve House, Seend, Wiltshire, to Duncan Grant. She complains of spending Christmas with Angelica and Quentin at her in-laws - the oppressive decor of the house (including portraits of family members by George Denholm Armour and James Jebusa Shannon), the snobbish excitement about social occasions such as the Hunt Ball, exchanging gifts, listening to her mother-in-law's gossip about Lorna Bell and her husband Billy Acton, and over-eating at long meals. Also mentions Clive, Cory and William Heward Bell, Dorothy Bell and Henry Hony, Roger Fry, King George V, Peggy, Lytton Strachey, Saxon Sydney-Turner, an American named Trowbridge, and Leonard and Virginia Woolf.

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