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Charleston: A Bloomsbury House and Garden

Bell, Quentin;Nicholson, Virginia

Published by Henry Holt & Co, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1997
ISBN 10: 0805055851 / ISBN 13: 9780805055856
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Title: Charleston: A Bloomsbury House and Garden

Publisher: Henry Holt & Co, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: A Hard Back

Book Condition: Mint

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good/as New

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This volume encapsulates the artistic sensibility and casual sophistication of the Bloomsbury Group. In 1916, Virginia Woolf wrote to her sister, Vanessa Bell, that though the farmhouse at Charleston in Sussex was primitive, " you could make it lovely. " Six months later, Bell moved in and, treating the house as a blank canvas, went on to create a treasury of Bloomsbury art. As the best remaining example of the decorative style of Duncan Grant and Vanessa bell, Charleston presents the visitor with insights into the art of the Bloomsbury Group. The book provides family memories and anecdotes drawn from a lifetime`s experience of Charleston. Each room links the interiors with some of the leading cultural figures of the 20th century, guests such as Vanessa`s sister Virginia Woolf and Lytton Strachey. Specially commissioned photographs portray the esence of the Bloomsbury style both throughout the house, with its painted furniture and walls, decorative items and paintings and in the garden.

About the Author: Quentin Bell, the younger son of Clive and Vanessa Bell, grew up at Charleston, giving him an intimate knowledge of the house and its inhabitants. He was a painter, sculptor, potter and art critic, and held chairs in Fine Art and the History of Art at the universities of Leeds, Oxford and Sussex. He died in 1996. Virginia Nicholson is the elder daughter of Quentin and Olivier Bell. After studying at Cambridge University she worked as a television researcher. She lives in Sussex near Charleston and is a member of the Charleston Committee.

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