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Bell, Arthur Clive Heward, 1881 - 1964 (art critic)

 Person

Dates and places

1881-1964 Marlborough School; Trinity College, Cambridge (1899-1902); Bloomsbury; Charleston, Sussex

Sphere of activity

Art critic

Relationships

Younger son of William Bell, wife of Vanessa Bell (nee Stephen), father of Quentin and Julian Bell. Good friend of Roger Fry.

Other information

Publications include: 'Since Cezanne' (1923), 'Landmarks in Ninettenth Century Painting (1927), 'An Account of French Painting' (1931), 'Victor Pasmore' (1945).

Found in 24 Collections and/or Records:

 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 and its circle, 1920 - 1991

Reference Code: GBR/0272/FCP/7/5/1
Scope and Contents

Snapshots and professional studio portraits of Barbara Bagenal, Angelica Bell, Clive Bell, Francis Birrell, Gerald Brenan, Dora Carrington, Roger Fry, Edward Gathorne-Hardy, Henry Lamb, Janetta Parladé, G.H.W. ('Dadie') Rylands, Roger Senhouse, Julia Strachey, Lytton Strachey and Stephen Tomlin. The photographers include Lettice Ramsay and Kyrle Leng.

Dates: 1920 - 1991
 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.

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'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.
 Item

Clive Bell, Lytton Strachey and John Tresidder Sheppard, 1922 - 1930

Reference Code: GBR/0272/FCP/7/4/1/42
Scope and Contents

Snapshot of Lytton Strachey and John Tresidder Sheppard (Provost of King's College, Cambridge) wearing hats and sitting in chairs outside. Clive Bell stands behind them and looks over their shoulders at the book Lytton Strachey is holding. Similar to FCP/7/4/1/45.

Dates: 1922 - 1930
 Item

Clive Bell, Lytton Strachey and John Tresidder Sheppard, 1922 - 1930

Reference Code: GBR/0272/FCP/7/4/1/45
Scope and Contents

Snapshot of Lytton Strachey and John Tresidder Sheppard (Provost of King's College, Cambridge) wearing hats and sitting in chairs outside. Clive Bell stands behind them and looks over their shoulders. Clive Bell and Lytton Strachey appear to be smoking, and John Tresidder Sheppard holds a small cup in his hand. Similar to FCP/7/4/1/42.

Dates: 1922 - 1930
 Item

Clive Bell, Lytton Strachey and John Tresidder Sheppard, 1922 - 1930

Reference Code: GBR/0272/FCP/7/4/1/50
Scope and Contents

Snapshot of Lytton Strachey and John Tresidder Sheppard (Provost of King's College, Cambridge) wearing hats and sitting in chairs outside. Clive Bell stands behind them and looks over their shoulders. The image is taken from a greater distance than FCP/7/4/1/42 and 45, so the crossed legs of Strachey and Sheppard are visible.

Dates: 1922 - 1930
 File

Correspondence between J.M. Keynes and Clive Bell, 1911 - 1939

Reference Code: GBR/0272/JMK/PP/45/25
Scope and Contents

17 autograph letters, signed, and 3 autograph postcards, signed to J.M. Keynes. 1911-37 and undated.
2 carbon typed letters, signed, from J.M. Keynes. 23 Dec. 1937 and 14 Mar. 1939.
This file also includes 1 autograph letter, signed from Clive Bell to 'Mr. Shaw', [Nov. 1918]; the typescript of a scheme proposing changes to the government's treatment of conscientious objectors, undated; and typescript extracts from D'Alembert's 'Éloge on Montesquieu', undated.

Dates: 1911 - 1939
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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.
 File

Issue of 'Das Kunstblatt' including an article by Clive Bell 'Die metaphysische Hypothese', 1919-11

Reference Code: GBR/0272/CHA/4/8
Scope and Contents

November 1919 issue of 'Das Kunstblatt' including the article by Clive Bell entitled 'Die metaphysische Hypothese'

Dates: Publication: 1919-11
 Item

Letter from Clive Bell to Lydia Lopokova Keynes, 1934

Reference Code: GBR/0272/LLK/5/26
Scope and Contents

1 autograph letter, signed.

Dates: 1934
 Item

Letter from Clive Bell to Vanessa Bell, 1950 - 1959

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

1 autograph letter, signed.

Dates: 1950 - 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.
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Letters from Clive Bell to Bertha 'Lalage' Penrose, 1926 - 1929

Reference Code: GBR/0272/CHA/1/50/8A
Scope and Contents

28 autograph letters signed and 3 envelopes from Clive Bell to his lover Bertha Penrose.

Dates: 1926 - 1929
 Sub-Series

Letters from Clive Bell to Frances Partridge, 1928-08-10 - 1964-03-06

Reference Code: GBR/0272/FCP/6/1/12
Scope and Contents

249 autograph letters signed.

Dates: 1928-08-10 - 1964-03-06
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 Clive Bell to JTS, 1933-11-15

Reference Code: GBR/0272/JTS/2/14
Scope and Contents

2 autograph letters signed.

Dates: 1933-11-15
 File

Letters from various authors to Lyn [Irvine] Newman and Max Newman, 1929 - 1966

Reference Code: GBR/0272/BLM/6
Scope and Contents The file comprises photocopies of the following letters:- 3 autograph letters signed from Julian Bell to LN, undated;- 5 typed letters signed from John Maynard Keynes to LN, 10 May - 21 July 1941;- 1 typed letter signed from John Maynard Keynes to MN, 8 Aug. 1941;- 1 autograph letter signed and 4 autograph postcards signed from Lydia Lopokova Keynes to LN, 23 Feb. 1935 - Aug. 1966;- 4 autograph letters signed and 10 autograph postcards signed from Clive Bell to LN, 1 Aug....
Dates: 1929 - 1966
 File

Letters from Virginia Woolf to GHWR, 1924 - 1941

Reference Code: GBR/0272/GHWR/3/454
Scope and Contents

23 autograph letters signed and 6 autograph postcards signed. The file also contains 4 photographs, variously of GHWR, Virginia Woolf, G. Lytton Strachey and Clive Bell and Charleston in 1926, [1920s-30s].

Dates: 1924 - 1941
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.
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Listed letters, 1948-01

Reference Code: GBR/0272/HB/L/7/b
Scope and Contents This file includes letters from the following (listed in alphabetical order by last name):1. Clive Bell2. Kenneth Clark3. Cyril Connolly4. Douglas Cooper5. C. Day Lewis6. Una Ellis-Fermor7. Frederick Etchells8. E. M. Forster9. Michael Hamburger10. L. C. Knights11. E. V. Knox12. Earl of Lytton13. Sir Eric Maclagan14. John Masefield15. Henry Moore16. Eric Partridge17. William Plomer18. Anthony Powell19. J. B....
Dates: 1948-01
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The photocopies of letters from John Davy Hayward to T. S. Eliot (reference L/13/1-3) are reserved as a condition of deposit. Permission to read them must be obtained from Faber and Faber Ltd, Bloomsbury House, 74-77 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DA. HB/M/21 is reserved (not available to researchers) under the Data Protection Act.
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'Lysistrata', 1918

Reference Code: GBR/0272/REF/7/10
Scope and Contents

Autograph manuscript comic rendering in English by REF of 'Lysistrata' by Aristophanes, with annotations and comments on the translation by Clive Bell, Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson and 1 unidentified other, and a pencil and wash sketch copy of Carlo Dolci's Martyrdom of St Andrew.

Clive Bell reviewed a translation of the play by B. Buckley Rogers in the Athenaeum Jan. 1912.

Dates: 1918
 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
 Item

Playreading Society Minute Book, 1907 - 1915

Reference Code: GBR/0272/CHA/5/1
Scope and Contents Minutes, written up by Clive Bell, of the meetings of a play-reading society [?at 40 Gordon Square], with cast lists and comments on the performances by Clive Bell. The players were variously Clive Bell, Vanessa Bell, Walter Lamb, Adrian Stephen, Lytton Strachey and Saxon Sydney-Turner, 1907-9; Clive Bell, Vanessa Bell, Roger and Margery Fry, Duncan Grant, Molly MacCarthy and Saxon Sydney-Turner, 1914-15. For the later period, fewer performance details are recorded. The book was used...
Dates: 1907 - 1915
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Prophecies 1943, 1943-12

Reference Code: GBR/0272/CHA/5/2
Scope and Contents

Predictions about the progress of the war during 1944, written at Christmas 1943 at the instigation of Quentin Bell. Prophecies were contributed by Quentin Bell, Clive Bell, John Maynard Keynes, Max Werner (press cutting ‘Six Point Chart for Victory Year’ from Reynolds News, c. Dec. 1943), Duncan Grant, Vanessa Bell, Angelica Bell and Leonard Woolf. The file also contains 1 typed letter signed from Leonard Woolf to Vanessa Bell enclosing his prophecy, and 3 envelopes.

Dates: 1943-12
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Speculations on behalf of Roger Fry, Duncan Grant and the Bells, 1914 - 1920

Reference Code: GBR/0272/JMK/SE/12
Scope and Contents

Ledger of stock exchange speculations made by J.M. Keynes with a loan from R.E. Fry, with details of transactions made on behalf of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant and a letter from Clive Bell asking for financial advice, June 1918; with related correspondence, 1914-20.

Dates: 1914 - 1920
 Item

'The Connaught Square Catechism or Confessions to Mrs Robert Witt', 1916

Reference Code: GBR/0272/REF/7/6
Scope and Contents

Compiled by 'RR', 1915. It contains printed questionnaires on the best and worst painters etc. completed, to a greater or lesser degree, by Dolores Courtney, Vanessa Bell, E. de Bergen [otherwise Roald Kristian], Clive Bell, Tancred Borenius, Mary Hutchinson, Nina Hamnett, Simon Bussy, Philippa Strachey, Elspeth Champcommunal, Angela Lavelli and 1 unidentified other.

Dates: 1916

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