Bell, Quentin Claudian Stephen, 1910 - 1996 (author, artist and art historian)
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).
Youngest son of Clive and Vanessa Bell, nephew of Virginia Woolf. Husband of Anne Olivier Bell (nee Popham)
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:
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.
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.
2 autograph letters, signed, and 1 Christmas card.
Change of address card and sketch map of new neighbourhood.
1 autograph letter, signed, from Quentin Bell to W.J.H Sprott with envelope.
1 autograph letter signed.
1 typed letter to Julian Bell's bankers.
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.
3 autograph letters signed and 4 typed letters signed.
3 typed letters signed and 2 autograph postcards signed.
6 autograph letters signed, 6 envelopes and 1 postcard.
1 autograph letter signed, 2 typed letters signed and 1 autograph postcard signed.
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.
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.
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.
Includes reprints, newspaper cuttings, memoirs and catalogues. Mostly collected after REF's death.
Pencil drawings of Vanessa, Julian and Quentin Bell, French peasants.
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'.
The UK Archival Thesaurus has been integrated with our catalogue, thanks to Kings College London and the AIM25 project for their support with this.