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38 People in sitter grouping: Bloomsbury

At the beginning of the 20th century in London’s Bloomsbury district, an amalgamation of sets such as the Apostles and Vanessa Bell’s Friday Club formed the first Bloomsbury Group, a society for the free-thinking intellectuals of the day, united by their belief in the pursuit of art and pleasure. The group’s roots lay in the earlier Clapham Sect, and they shared the same left wing values of progressive thought and support for their friends’ creative undertakings. In the group’s history a divide can be seen between the 'old' and 'new' set, as changes and deaths in the 1920s and 30s brought in the younger generation, the sons and daughters of the original 'old' set. Although many principles remained the same, the rejection of their upper class heritage and privileging of love and life experiences, the 'new' set had a far stronger political stance, and many where conscientious objectors and members of political groups outside of Bloomsbury. The group did not survive the death of two of its key members, Lytton Strachey and Virginia Woolf, and by the end of the 1930s, the group that had never called itself a group had all but ceased to exist.

E. M. Forster

1879-1970
Novelist
Sitter in 40 portraits

Lady Ottoline Morrell

1873-1938
Patron of the arts; half-sister of 6th Duke of Portland; wife of Philip Edward Morrell
Sitter associated with 595 portraits | Artist associated with 1696 portraits

Lytton Strachey

1880-1932
Critic and biographer; son of Sir Richard Strachey
Sitter in 136 portraits | Artist associated with 5 portraits

Virginia Woolf

1882-1941
Novelist and critic; sister of Vanessa Bell
Sitter in 63 portraits

Helen von Anrep (née Maitland)

1885-1965
Wife of Boris von Anrep
Sitter in 2 portraits

Clive Bell

1881-1964
Art critic
Sitter in 27 portraits

Julian Heward Bell

1908-1937
Poet; son of Vanessa Bell and Clive Bell
Sitter in 8 portraits

Quentin Bell

1910-1996
Artist and writer; son of Clive and Vanessa Bell
Sitter in 6 portraits

Vanessa Bell (née Stephen)

1879-1961
Painter; sister of Virginia Woolf
Sitter in 16 portraits | Artist associated with 14 portraits

Gerald Brenan

1894-1987
Writer and Hispanic scholar
Sitter in 3 portraits

Simon Bussy

1870-1954
Artist; husband of Dorothy Strachey
Sitter in 23 portraits | Artist of 3 portraits

Dora Carrington

1893-1932
Artist
Sitter in 17 portraits | Artist associated with 10 portraits

Margery Fry

1874-1958
Social and penal reformer; sister of Roger Fry
Sitter in 4 portraits

Roger Fry

1866-1934
Critic and painter
Sitter in 17 portraits | Artist of 5 portraits

Angelica Vanessa Garnett (née Bell)

1918-2012
Writer and artist; wife of David Garnett; daughter of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant
Sitter in 7 portraits

David Garnett

1892-1981
Writer
Sitter in 6 portraits

Mark Gertler

1891-1939
Painter
Sitter in 98 portraits | Artist of 4 portraits

Duncan Grant

1885-1978
Artist
Sitter associated with 28 portraits | Artist of 9 portraits

Mary Hutchinson (née Barnes)

1889-1977
Writer and patron of the arts
Sitter in 1 portrait

John Maynard Keynes, Baron Keynes

1883-1946
Economist
Sitter in 25 portraits