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Vanessa Bell (née Stephen) (1879-1961), Painter; sister of Virginia Woolf

Sitter in 16 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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5933

Virginia Woolf

by Vanessa Bell (née Stephen)
oil on board, 1912
NPG 5933

6684

Roger Fry

by Vanessa Bell (née Stephen)
oil on panel, 1912
On display in Room 29 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6684

6046

David Garnett

by Vanessa Bell (née Stephen)
oil and gouache on cardboard, 1915
NPG 6046

6717

Aldous Huxley

by Vanessa Bell (née Stephen)
oil on canvas, circa 1931
NPG 6717

4695

Leonard Sidney Woolf

by Vanessa Bell (née Stephen)
oil on canvas, 1940
NPG 4695

6718

The Memoir Club

by Vanessa Bell (née Stephen)
oil on canvas, circa 1943
NPG 6718

x21196

Lytton Strachey

probably by Vanessa Bell (née Stephen)
enlarged snapshot print on card folder, 1913
NPG x21196

x21198

Lytton Strachey

probably by Vanessa Bell (née Stephen)
enlarged snapshot print on card folder, 1913
NPG x21198

x26568

Lytton Strachey; Duncan Grant; (Arthur) Clive Bell

by Vanessa Bell (née Stephen)
enlarged snapshot print on card folder, 1922
NPG x26568

x21199

Lytton Strachey; Duncan Grant; (Arthur) Clive Bell

by Vanessa Bell (née Stephen)
enlarged snapshot print, 1922
NPG x21199

x13073

Clive Bell; Lytton Strachey

by Vanessa Bell (née Stephen)
bromide snapshot print, 1926
NPG x13073

x21197

Lytton Strachey

probably by Vanessa Bell (née Stephen)
enlarged snapshot print on card folder, 1913
NPG x21197

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