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Clive Bell (1881-1964), Art critic

(Arthur) Clive Heward Bell

Sitter in 27 portraits
Art critic and writer. Bell read history at Trinity College, Cambridge where he met Lytton Strachey, Leonard Woolf, Thoby Stephen and others later associated with the Bloomsbury group. He married Vanessa Bell in 1907, and their home at 46 Gordon Square was the focus of the group. With Roger Fry he arranged the first Post-impressionist exhibition of 1910. His book Art (1914) popularised the notion of 'significant form' in art, rather than content, appealing directly to the emotions, and Civilization (1928).

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4967

Clive Bell

by Roger Fry
oil on canvas, circa 1924
NPG 4967

P363(1)

Clive Bell

by Ramsey & Muspratt
bromide print, 1932
NPG P363(1)

6718

The Memoir Club

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

x13092

Clive Bell

by Messrs Stearn
albumen cabinet card, late 1890s
NPG x13092

Ax140445

Lady Ottoline Morrell with friends

by Unknown photographer
vintage snapshot print, 1915
NPG Ax140445

Ax140546

Garsington visitors

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1916
NPG Ax140546

Ax140495

John Middleton Murry; Clive Bell

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1917
NPG Ax140495

Ax140512

Gerald Frank Shove; Clive Bell and farm workers

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1917
NPG Ax140512

Ax140513

Gerald Frank Shove; Clive Bell and farm workers

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1917
NPG Ax140513

Ax140514

Clive Bell; Gerald Frank Shove and farm workers

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1917
NPG Ax140514

Ax140515

Clive Bell; Gerald Frank Shove and farm workers

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1917
NPG Ax140515

Ax140518

Clive Bell and two farm workers

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1917
NPG Ax140518

Ax140548

Sir John Tresidder Sheppard; Clive Bell; Lytton Strachey

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1917
NPG Ax140548

Ax140549

Unknown man; Clive Bell

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1917
NPG Ax140549

Ax140550

Sir John Tresidder Sheppard; Clive Bell; Lytton Strachey

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1917
NPG Ax140550

Ax140557

Elizabeth (née Asquith), Princess Bibesco; Clive Bell

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1917
NPG Ax140557

Ax140694

Hon. Dorothy Eugénie Brett; Clive Bell

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1917
NPG Ax140694

x18130

Clive Bell

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 7 March 1921
NPG x18130

x18131

Clive Bell

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 7 March 1921
NPG x18131

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