Vanessa Bell, recipient: Duncan Grant

Letter from Vanessa Bell to Duncan Grant

[7 February 1930]

In Tate Britain

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Vanessa Bell 1879–1961
Duncan Grant 1885–1978
Letter from Vanessa Bell to Duncan Grant
[7 February 1930]
Document - correspondence
Tate Archive
Presented to Tate Archive by Henrietta Garnett, May 2007.
TGA 20078/1/44/164


Letter from Vanessa Bell, 8 Fitzroy Street, Fitzrovia, London, to Duncan Grant, Charleston, Firle, East Sussex, originally enclosing a newspaper cutting of Charles Marriott's 'Times' review of her London Artists' Association exhibition. She reports the sale of 12 paintings at the show, including 'Sketch for a composition' (bought by John Maynard Keynes) and 'Farm at Fontcreuse', the wife of whose purchaser may acquire 'Tulips in a green jar'. Marriott's generally favourable review criticised 'Wading', a picture of Quentin, and 'Nude', and his comments on 'Sketch for a composition' have decided her against reworking it. Bell continues to work in order to stave off depression and anxiety over their relationship, admires Roger Fry's skill as a painter, describes dinner with Virginia Woolf and Dora Carrington's grief for the dying Charlie Sanger, and relays news about family, friends and acquaintances. Also mentions her models Brinkworth, Drury and Kearns, Angelica, Clive, and Julian Bell, Angus Davidson, George Duckworth, Lady Emily (?Lutyens), Grace Germany, Tristram Hillier, Stephen Tomlin and Julia Strachey, and Dottie Wellesley.

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