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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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5541

Vanessa Bell (née Stephen)

by Duncan Grant
oil on canvas, 1917
NPG 5541

4331

Vanessa Bell (née Stephen)

by Duncan Grant
oil on canvas, circa 1918
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4331

4349

Vanessa Bell (née Stephen)

by Marcel Gimond
lead cast of bust, circa 1922-1926
NPG 4349

6718

The Memoir Club

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

x136462

Julian Heward Bell; Vanessa Bell (née Stephen)

by Unknown photographer
vintage snapshot print, 1910
NPG x136462

x88543

Vanessa Bell (née Stephen)

by Rachel Pearsall Conn ('Ray') Strachey (née Costelloe)
film negative, August 1914
NPG x88543

Ax141303

Lady Ottoline Morrell with friends

possibly by Philip Edward Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1922
NPG Ax141303

Ax141306

Lady Ottoline Morrell with friends

possibly by Philip Edward Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1922
NPG Ax141306

Ax141307

Jean Marchand; 'Henri'; Vanessa Bell (née Stephen)

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1922
NPG Ax141307

Ax141308

Jean Marchand; 'Henri'; Vanessa Bell (née Stephen)

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1922
NPG Ax141308

Ax141318

Simon Bussy; Vanessa Bell (née Stephen); Duncan Grant

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1922
NPG Ax141318

x136466

Vanessa Bell (née Stephen)

by Helen Morris (née Souter)
postcard print, June 1931
NPG x136466

D204

Vanessa Bell (née Stephen)

by Rachel Pearsall Conn ('Ray') Strachey (née Costelloe)
oil on board, 1920s?
NPG D204

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