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Bell, Quentin Claudian Stephen, 1910 - 1996 (author, artist and art historian)

 Person

Dates and places

1910-1996 Bloomsbury; Charleston, Sussex; Leighton Park School

Sphere of activity

Writer, artist and art historian. Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Art Education, Newcastle University (1952-62); Professor of Fine Art, Leeds University (1962-7); Professor of History and Theory of Fine Art, Sussex University (1967-75).

Relationships

Youngest son of Clive and Vanessa Bell, nephew of Virginia Woolf. Husband of Anne Olivier Bell (nee Popham)

Other information

Publications include 'On Human Finery' (1947), 'Bloomsbury' (1968), Virginia Woolf (1972) and 'The Brandon Papers' (1985). First chairman of the Charleston Trust.

Found in 19 Collections and/or Records:

 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.
 Sub-Series

Correspondence between Julian Bell and his brother, Quentin, 1926 - 1937

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

53 autograph letters, signed, 2 autograph postcards, signed, and 5 typed letters, signed, from Julian Bell and 58 autograph letters, signed, 16 autograph postcards, signed, and 10 typed letters, signed, to Julian Bell. Quentin Bell's letters contain ink and watercolour sketches.
The former reference for correspondence from Julian Bell is JHB/2, while the former reference for correspondence to Julian Bell is JHB/3.

Dates: 1926 - 1937
 File

Correspondence between Quentin Bell and NGA, 1948-01-09 - 1995-10-07

Reference Code: GBR/0272/NGA/5/1/70
Scope and Contents This file includes:-5 autograph letters signed and 14 typed letters signed from Quentin Bell to NGA. 9 Jan. 1948 - 7 Oct. [1995]13 carbon typed letters and 1 photocopy autograph letter signed from NGA to Quentin Bell. 14 Jan. 1971 - 22 Sept. 1990Various letters exchanged between NGA, Norman St. John-Stevas, Sir Denys Wilkinson, Prof. Karl Miller, and John Gross regarding funding for the Charleston Farmhouse Trust and assistance for the publication of Virginia Woolf's...
Dates: 1948-01-09 - 1995-10-07
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

Correspondence from Quentin and Anne Olivier Bell to Lydia Lopokova Keynes, 1952

Reference Code: GBR/0272/LLK/5/28
Scope and Contents

2 autograph letters, signed, and 1 Christmas card.

Dates: 1952
 File

Correspondence from Quentin Bell and his wife, 1950 - 1959

Reference Code: GBR/0272/AG/1/7
Scope and Contents

Change of address card and sketch map of new neighbourhood.

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.
 Item

Letter from Quentin Bell, 1930-08

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

1 autograph letter, signed, from Quentin Bell to W.J.H Sprott with envelope.

Dates: 1930-08
 File

Letter from Quentin Bell to JDH, 1944

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

1 autograph letter signed.

Dates: 1944
 Item

Letter from Quentin Bell to Julian Bell's bankers, 1937-07-27

Reference Code: GBR/0272/JHB/4/2
Scope and Contents

1 typed letter to Julian Bell's bankers.

Dates: 1937-07-27
 Sub-Series

Letters from Quentin Bell to Clive, Julian and Vanessa Bell, 1916 - 1950

Reference Code: GBR/0272/CHA/1/58
Scope and Contents

34 autograph letters signed, 1 typed letter signed and 3 autograph postcards signed to Clive Bell. [1928-1950s].
5 autograph letters signed, 4 typed letters signed and 1 autograph postcard signed to Julian Bell. 1920-36.
391 autograph letters signed to Vanessa Bell with 181 envelopes. c.1916-49.

Dates: 1916 - 1950
 File

Letters from Quentin Bell to Frances Partridge, 1948-06-22 - 1991-05-12

Reference Code: GBR/0272/FCP/6/1/14
Scope and Contents

3 autograph letters signed and 4 typed letters signed.

Dates: 1948-06-22 - 1991-05-12
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 Quentin Bell to GHWR, 1972 - 1980

Reference Code: GBR/0272/GHWR/3/36B
Scope and Contents

3 typed letters signed and 2 autograph postcards signed.

Dates: 1972 - 1980
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 — Container: JHB/2/38A/11
 File

Letters to RNL from Quentin Bell, 1984-03-19 - 1985-02-25

Reference Code: GBR/0272/RNL/2/34
Scope and Contents

1 autograph letter signed, 2 typed letters signed and 1 autograph postcard signed.

Dates: 1984-03-19 - 1985-02-25
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.
 File

Material relating largely to Julian Bell's death, 1930 - 1937

Reference Code: GBR/0272/JHB/X/2
Scope and Contents

This file contains a letter from Julian to Quentin in 1930 with TS transcription; a condolence letter from Eileen Bernal to Quentin in 1937; a newspaper cutting of a letter (undated and unattributed) regarding Julian, probably from 1937, quoting John Lehmann; an obituary for Julian written by F.L. Lucas in 1937 for 'The Cambridge Review'; and an invitation [to dine] from David Garnett.

Dates: 1930 - 1937
 Series

Posthumous material, 1937 - 1940

Reference Code: GBR/0272/JHB/4
Scope and Contents

Material in this series comprises assorted papers relating to Julian Bell's death, including letters to Clive, Quentin, and Vanessa Bell principally concerning the memorial volume, 'Julian Bell: Essays, Poems and Letters' (ed. Quentin Bell, London: Hogarth Press, 1938). The series also includes press reviews of the memorial volume and obituary notices.

Dates: 1937 - 1940
 File

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
 Item

'Roger Fry: an inaugural lecture', Leeds University Press: Leeds, 1964, 1963-12-02

Reference Code: GBR/0272/REF/13/18
Scope and Contents From the Series:

Includes reprints, newspaper cuttings, memoirs and catalogues. Mostly collected after REF's death.

Dates: 1963-12-02
 Item

Sketch book, 1919

Reference Code: GBR/0272/REF/4/8/10
Scope and Contents

Pencil drawings of Vanessa, Julian and Quentin Bell, French peasants.

Dates: 1919
 File

World War II forecasts, 1940-04 - 1940-05

Reference Code: GBR/0272/AG/2/1
Scope and Contents

Autograph manuscript forecasts of the progress of World War II, written by Quentin Bell, Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant and Elizabeth Watson, entitled 'War time prognostication, not to be opened until Christmas 1940'.

Dates: 1940-04 - 1940-05
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.

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