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David Garnett

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David Garnett, by Nerissa Stephen Garnett, circa 1970 - NPG 5485 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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David Garnett

by Nerissa Stephen Garnett
oil on canvas, circa 1970
29 7/8 in. x 40 1/8 in. (759 mm x 1019 mm)
Bequeathed by David Garnett, 1982
Primary Collection
NPG 5485


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After returning from France at the end of the First World War, David Garnett, who had been associated with the Bloomsbury Group since childhood, opened a bookshop in Bloomsbury with Francis Birrell. His Lady into Fox (1922) was published to great acclaim and was later turned into a ballet (1939), as was his The Sailor's Return of 1925 (1947). The editor of a number of volumes, he acted as the literary editor of the New Statesman in 1939, before working in the Air Ministry during the war. In 1942 he married Angelica Vanessa, daughter of the Bloomsbury artists Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell. This portrait was painted by the Garnetts' daughter Nerissa.

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