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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)

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 3 Collections and/or Records:


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

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

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