Vanessa Bell, recipient: Duncan Grant

Letter from Vanessa Bell to Duncan Grant

[December 1914]

In Tate Britain

Created by
Vanessa Bell 1879–1961
Recipient
Duncan Grant 1885–1978
Title
Letter from Vanessa Bell to Duncan Grant
Date
[December 1914]
Format
Document - correspondence
Collection
Tate Archive
Acquisition
Presented to Tate Archive by Henrietta Garnett, May 2007.
Reference
TGA 20078/1/44/27

Description

Letter from Vanessa Bell, Durbins, Guildford, Surrey, to Duncan Grant. She is spending a 'ghastly' Christmas with her family at Roger Fry's 'gloomy' house, where it rains, Fry's daughter Pamela is ill, Clive criticises her clothes, adolescent Julian gets in the way, and family life in general impedes creativity. Bell is painting 'Woman and baby', Fry a still life. She discusses the possibility of their group staging Racine's 'Bérénice' and Shakespeare's 'Titus Andronicus', and will reserve her gossip about Oliver Strachey and Polly until she meets Grant. Also mentions Hannah Bell, Frankie Birrell, Joan Fry, Bunny Garnett, Noël Olivier, James, Lytton and Marjorie Strachey, and Virginia Woolf.

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