Vanessa Bell, recipient: Duncan Grant

Letter from Vanessa Bell to Duncan Grant

[c.14 January 1914]

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Vanessa Bell 1879–1961
Duncan Grant 1885–1978
Letter from Vanessa Bell to Duncan Grant
[c.14 January 1914]
Document - correspondence
Tate Archive
Presented to Tate Archive by Henrietta Garnett, May 2007.
TGA 20078/1/44/18


Letter from Vanessa Bell, 46 Gordon Square, Bloomsbury, London, to Duncan Grant. She discusses the Grafton Group exhibition where paintings by Grant ('A view of Nepi') and Jean Marchand ('Vue de ville' [1912]) were sold to Dora Sanger and Hilton Young respectively (Margery Fry will buy 'Still life with cyclamen'). Oliver Strachey praised a large painting by Bell, but Grant's 'distorted' 'Adam and Eve' was criticised by reviewers and by Gwen and Jacques Raverat on a visit to Vanessa. She describes going to Mitcham with Roger Fry to learn pottery, Fry's rejection of her design for Omega Workshops backer Hagop Kevorkian, and Adrian Stephen's fury at his characterisation in Leonard Woolf's roman à clef 'The wise virgins'. Bell and Fry are visiting Paris to see a Cézanne exhibition at Galerie Bernheim-Jeune, to be joined by Clive Bell and Molly MacCarthy; Grant will be working on designs for an adaptation of 'Twelfth Night', to be staged by Jacques Copeau at the Théâtre du Vieux-Colombier. Also mentions Nina Hamnett, Auguste Rodin, Margery Snowden, and Marjorie Strachey.

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