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Bell, Vanessa, 1879 - 1961 (painter)

 Person

Dates and places

1879-1961 Bloomsbury; Charleston, Sussex

Sphere of activity

Artist

Relationships

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.

Other information

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:

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 File

Account of Mary Wilson, 1920-06

Reference Code: GBR/0272/AG/2/2
Scope and Contents

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.

Dates: 1920-06
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Letters by persons still living may only be read with the written permission of the author. The correspondence of Mrs. Garnett and her late husband, David Garnett, may only be read with Mrs. Garnett's permission. For further information, please contact the Archivist.
 File

Assorted comic entertainments and verses concerning members of the 'Bloomsbury Group' and Keynes family, 1925 - 1928

Reference Code: GBR/0272/JMK/PP/15
Scope and Contents

This file includes 'Don't be frightened: a burlesque' [possibly in the hand of Molly MacCarthy], featuring characters called Vanessa, Roger, Bell and Grant.

Dates: 1925 - 1928
 File

'Bloomsbury burlesque'

Reference Code: GBR/0272/LLK/2/7
Scope and Contents

A photocopied typescript (incomplete) of a play featuring characters called Vanessa Bell, Clive Bell, Roger Fry and Duncan Grant.

 File

'Bloomsbury Group' members, 1910 - 1929

Reference Code: GBR/0272/GHWR/5/218-22
Scope and Contents

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.

Dates: 1910 - 1929
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The majority of the Rylands Papers are readily available to scholars in the Archive Centre. Record consultation is by appointment. Personal letters of living authors may only be consulted with their written permission. Some material is reserved in view of its sensitivity. There is no access to such material for the time being.
 Fonds

Charleston Papers

Reference Code: GBR/0272/CHA
Scope and Contents The collection of Charleston papers contains mainly the correspondence of Clive Bell, Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant which had accumulated at their home, Charleston Farm House. In 1965 the papers were sorted by Professor Quentin Bell and were deposited in King's College Library by Professor Bell and Mrs Angelica Garnett. Two sets of photocopies of some of the papers were made by the College at the time of deposit, one set to be kept by the College and the other set by Professor Bell. The set...
Dates: 1869 - 1964
 File

Contract for publishing Vanessa Bell's wood cuts, 1917-09

Reference Code: GBR/0272/AG/2/3
Scope and Contents

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.

Dates: 1917-09
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Letters by persons still living may only be read with the written permission of the author. The correspondence of Mrs. Garnett and her late husband, David Garnett, may only be read with Mrs. Garnett's permission. For further information, please contact the Archivist.
 File

Correspondence between J.M. Keynes and Vanessa Bell, 1929 - 1938

Reference Code: GBR/0272/JMK/PP/45/27
Scope and Contents

5 autograph letters, signed, to J.M. Keynes. [1929]-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.

Dates: 1929 - 1938
 File

Correspondence between Vanessa Bell and David Garnett, 1931 - 1959

Reference Code: GBR/0272/AG/1/8
Scope and Contents

18 autograph letters, signed, from Vanessa Bell.
4 autograph letters, signed, from David Garnett.

Dates: 1931 - 1959
Conditions Governing Access: From the Series: The correspondence of Mrs. Garnett and her late husband, David Garnett, may only be read with Mrs. Garnett's permission. For further information, please contact the Archivist.
 Item

Dora Carrington sitting with Lytton Strachey, Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, 1922 - 1930

Reference Code: GBR/0272/FCP/7/4/1/400
Scope and Contents

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.

Dates: 1922 - 1930
 File

Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell, 1960 - 1969

Reference Code: GBR/0272/GHWR/5/323
Scope and Contents

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.

Dates: 1960 - 1969
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The majority of the Rylands Papers are readily available to scholars in the Archive Centre. Record consultation is by appointment. Personal letters of living authors may only be consulted with their written permission. Some material is reserved in view of its sensitivity. There is no access to such material for the time being.
 File

Edward Le Bas, Barbara Ghika, Clive and Vanessa Bell, Peter [? surname] and Duncan Grant, 1950 - 1959

Reference Code: GBR/0272/GHWR/5/314
Scope and Contents

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.

Dates: 1950 - 1959
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The majority of the Rylands Papers are readily available to scholars in the Archive Centre. Record consultation is by appointment. Personal letters of living authors may only be consulted with their written permission. Some material is reserved in view of its sensitivity. There is no access to such material for the time being.
 Fonds

Garnett: The Papers of Angelica Garnett (nee Bell)

Reference Code: GBR/0272/AG
Scope and Contents

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.

Dates: 1917 - 1980
Conditions Governing Access: Letters by persons still living may only be read with the written permission of the author. The correspondence of Mrs. Garnett and her late husband, David Garnett, may only be read with Mrs. Garnett's permission. For further information, please contact the Archivist.
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GHWR at an exhibition of work by Ramsey and Muspratt, 1930 - 1976

Reference Code: GBR/0272/GHWR/5/228-34
Scope and Contents Photographs of GHWR at an exhibition of work by Ramsey and Muspratt, 1976, including in conversation with R. F. Kahn, Joan Robinson and Lettice Ramsey; also, portrait photographs of Vanessa Bell, Virginia Woolf and Angelica Garnett, 1932, GHWR and Norman Higgins, 1930s, all by Ramsey and Muspratt. The photographs were taken mainly Cambridge. Modern reprints, several mounted on card, 16.2 x 12.6 cm (GHWR/5/228, 231), 12.6 x 16.2 cm (GHWR/5/229-30), 26.8 x 21.2 cm (photograph 25 x 19.9 cm)...
Dates: 1930 - 1976
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The majority of the Rylands Papers are readily available to scholars in the Archive Centre. Record consultation is by appointment. Personal letters of living authors may only be consulted with their written permission. Some material is reserved in view of its sensitivity. There is no access to such material for the time being.
 Item

Letter to Rosamond Lehmann, 1920-07-03 - 1961-07-03

Reference Code: GBR/0272/RNL/2/35
Scope and Contents

1 autograph letter signed.

Dates: 1920-07-03 - 1961-07-03
Conditions Governing Access: From the Series: Some items contain sensitive personal information and are closed to researchers under the terms of the Data Protection Act (1998). A request to view these items must be made in writing to the Archivist who will discuss with the researcher the possibilities for obtaining the written permission of the author. A statement to this effect is given with each closed file.
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Letters from Vanessa Bell

Reference Code: GBR/0272/WJHS/1/5
Scope and Contents

3 autograph letters, signed.

 File

Letters from Vanessa Bell to Frances and Ralph Partridge, 1931-10-31 - 1961-03-04

Reference Code: GBR/0272/FCP/6/1/15
Scope and Contents

14 autograph letters signed

Dates: 1931-10-31 - 1961-03-04
Conditions Governing Access: From the Sub-Series: Certain letters are closed under the terms of the Data Protection Act (1998) because they contain sensitive information about living individuals. Researchers may apply in writing to the Archivist to see the closed material, stating the intended use and precise nature of the information requested. The Archivist and Frances Partridge's Literary Executor will then consider whether non-sensitive parts of the letter may be made available, and they will consult the author if necessary. Please be aware that this decision may take several weeks and may incur photocopying charges. A statement to this effect is given with each closed file.
 File

Letters from Vanessa Bell to JTS, 1937 - 1946

Reference Code: GBR/0272/JTS/2/16
Scope and Contents

1 autograph letter signed and 2 autograph postcards signed.

Dates: 1937 - 1946
 File

Letters from Vanessa Bell to Lydia Lopokova Keynes, 1934 - 1937

Reference Code: GBR/0272/LLK/5/29
Scope and Contents

3 autograph letters, signed.

Dates: 1934 - 1937
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Letters from Vanessa Bell to NGA, 1948-04-14

Reference Code: GBR/0272/NGA/5/1/71
Scope and Contents

2 autograph letters signed.

Dates: 1948-04-14
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Some files are closed because they contain personal information. Most files which are marked as restricted access can be read with the written permission of the author. All other files may be consulted in the Archive Centre following the standard registration procedures.
 File — Container: JHB/2/38A/12

Letters from Vanessa Bell to Sir Edward Wilder Playfair, 1935 - 1938

Reference Code: GBR/0272/JHB/2/38A/12
Scope and Contents

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'.

Dates: 1935 - 1938
 Item

Lytton Strachey sitting at a picnic with Vanessa Bell and others, 1922 - 1930

Reference Code: GBR/0272/FCP/7/4/1/419
Scope and Contents

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.

Dates: 1922 - 1930
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Lytton Strachey sitting at a picnic with Vanessa Bell and others, 1922 - 1930

Reference Code: GBR/0272/FCP/7/4/1/421
Scope and Contents

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.

Dates: 1922 - 1930
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Lytton Strachey sitting with Vanessa Bell, 1922 - 1930

Reference Code: GBR/0272/FCP/7/4/1/420
Scope and Contents

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.

Dates: 1922 - 1930
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Lytton Strachey sitting with Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, 1928

Reference Code: GBR/0272/FCP/7/3/1/70
Scope and Contents

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.

Dates: 1928
 Item — Container: BLM/14

Minute book of 'The Caroline Club', 1914 - 1915

Reference Code: GBR/0272/BLM/14
Scope and Contents From the Fonds:

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.

Dates: 1914 - 1915
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