Bell, Vanessa, 1879 - 1961 (painter)
Dates and places
1879-1961 Bloomsbury; Charleston, Sussex
Sphere of activity
Elder daughter of Leslie and Julia Stephen and sister of Virginia Woolf. Wife of Clive Bell and mother of two sons, Quentin and Julian. Friends with Roger Fry and Duncan Grant.
Co-director of the Omega workshops with Duncan Grant. Associated with the London Group of Artists and with Keynes' London Artists' Association.
Found in 37 Collections and/or Records:
An incomplete autograph manuscript account by Vanessa Bell of the insane behaviour of her London servant, Mary Wilson, possibly made as preparatory notes for Vanessa Bell's paper, 'Mad Mary', read to the Memoir Club, probably on 23 Feb. 1921.
Assorted comic entertainments and verses concerning members of the 'Bloomsbury Group' and Keynes family, 1925 - 1928
This file includes 'Don't be frightened: a burlesque' [possibly in the hand of Molly MacCarthy], featuring characters called Vanessa, Roger, Bell and Grant.
A photocopied typescript (incomplete) of a play featuring characters called Vanessa Bell, Clive Bell, Roger Fry and Duncan Grant.
Modern reprints of photographs of members of the 'Bloomsbury Group', including Duncan Grant, Clive Bell, J. M. Keynes, G. Lytton Strachey, Vanessa, Julian and Quentin Bell, and Angelica Garnett. Some of the photographs were taken by Vanessa Bell, and several appear in 'Vanessa Bell's Family Album' (J. V. Norman and Hobhouse Ltd: London, 1981). Dimensions: 21.5 x 16.3 cm. Sleeves 117-21.
Draft typescript contract, annotated by Clive Bell, between Leonard and Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell for the publishing of a book of her wood cuts.
5 autograph letters, signed, to J.M. Keynes. -38. (The date of the 1929 letter is supplied by
a reference to Julian Bell's second summer as a student at King's College.)
1 carbon typed letter, signed, from J.M. Keynes. 25 May 1938.
18 autograph letters, signed, from Vanessa Bell.
4 autograph letters, signed, from David Garnett.
Snapshot of Dora Carrington sitting to the left in a deckchair in a walled garden. To her right is Lytton Strachey wearing a hat, then Vanessa Bell also wearing a hat, both sitting in deckchairs. In the foreground is Duncan Grant, lying on the grass, smiling at the camera.
Modern reprint of a photograph of Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell seated picnicking on the steps of a building. Dimensions: 16.3 x 20.6 cm. Sleeve 156.
Edward Le Bas, Barbara Ghika, Clive and Vanessa Bell, Peter [? surname] and Duncan Grant, 1950 - 1959
Photograph of (from left to right) Edward Le Bas, Barbara Ghika, Clive and Vanessa Bell, Peter [unknown surname] and Duncan Grant having tea on the terrace of Hotel Britannia, Menton, France. Dimensions: 11.4 x 18.2 cm. Sleeve 153.
This small collection comprises both correspondence donated by Angelica Garnett and selected papers. The most substantial part of the collection is the correspondence, comprising several letters exchanged with Angelica's mother, Vanessa Bell, as well as the correspondence between Angelica Garnett and her husband David. The selected papers consist of a few items, primarily memoirs, by Angelica Garnett and members of her family circle.
1 autograph letter signed.
3 autograph letters, signed.
14 autograph letters signed
1 autograph letter signed and 2 autograph postcards signed.
3 autograph letters, signed.
2 autograph letters signed.
18 autograph letters signed, 16 envelopes and 3 photographs of Julian, two 'in his tropical outfit' with another man, and one of JHB with three other actors in costume for a play, annotated on the verso 'last days in old Pompeii'.
Snapshot of Lytton Strachey and Vanessa Bell (identified from FCP/7/4/1/420), sitting in a field with a white cloth in front of them. Around the cloth sit about six other unidentified individuals.
Snapshot of Lytton Strachey and Vanessa Bell (identified from FCP/7/4/1/420), sitting in a field with a white cloth in front of them. Lytton Strachey looks away from the camera, but Vanessa Bell is looking at the camera. Around the cloth sit an unidentified man and woman.
Snapshot of Lytton Strachey wearing a hat, sitting on the ground looking to the right. To the right sits Vanessa Bell with a scarf or hat on her head, looking towards the camera. They are raising a glass to each other, and a white cloth is placed in front of them.
Snapshot of Vanessa Bell sitting in the centre of the group in the foreground. She wears a patterned headscarf, sits with her hands on her lap and looks towards the camera. Lytton Strachey sits in shadow to the left, looking towards the camera. To the right sits Duncan Grant, but his head is obscured by shadow and only his raised knees and clasped hands are visible.
Material relating to Bloomsbury figures for whom there is not an existing collection, or relating to more than one of the Bloomsbury collections.
Contains BLM/1-19, and publications.