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Vanessa Bell (née Stephen)

(1879-1961), Painter; sister of Virginia Woolf

Sitter in 18 portraits
Artist associated with 14 portraits
The eldest daughter of the literary historian and critic, Leslie Stephen, and his wife, Julia. In 1904, following the death of her widowed father, she moved to London with her sister Virginia (later Woolf) and brothers, Thoby and Adrian. Their Thursday evening 'At Homes' marked the beginning of the Bloomsbury Group. In 1907 she married Clive Bell. In 1909 she exhibited with the New English Art Club. Her association with Roger Fry led her to embrace a more modern style of painting. She formed a lasting relationship with Duncan Grant, the two acting as co-Directors of the Omega Workshop between 1913 and 1919.


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