Vanessa Bell, recipient: Duncan Grant

Letter from Vanessa Bell to Duncan Grant

[c.10 February 1930]

In Tate Britain
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Vanessa Bell 1879–1961
Duncan Grant 1885–1978
Letter from Vanessa Bell to Duncan Grant
[c.10 February 1930]
Document - correspondence
Tate Archive
Presented to Tate Archive by Henrietta Garnett, May 2007.
TGA 20078/1/44/165


Letter from Vanessa Bell, 8 Fitzroy Street, Fitzrovia, London, to Duncan Grant, originally forwarding a letter from Jean (?Campbell or Marchand). She reports on two of their ongoing decorative schemes - one for Dottie Wellesley's house Penns-in-the-rocks, Sussex, and one for Ethel (?Sands) in London, being largely executed by Robert (?Medley). She describes visits to two sculptors : Stephen Tomlin in Wiltshire, who is despondent about his work; and Frank Dobson (with Roger Fry), who shows her a large work (possibly Tate's 'Truth' [1930; N04510]) and a head of his future wife Mary Bussell. Bell has also been painting the black model Brinkworth with Fry. Virginia Woolf, recovering from the flu, has refused to write for Walter Sickert's upcoming Savile Gallery exhibition, and was attacked by Rory O'Mullen for another preface, probably for the catalogue of Vanessa's current London Artists' Assocation show. Also mentions Angelica and Quentin Bell, Nellie Boxall, Dora Carrington (grieving for the recently deceased Charlie Sanger), Dobson's first wife Delia and his daughter Ann with Mary, John Joseph Kallenborn, Julia Strachey, and Sickert's dealer R.E.A. Wilson.

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