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Virginia Woolf

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Virginia Woolf, by Vanessa Bell (née Stephen), 1912 - NPG 5933 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Virginia Woolf

by Vanessa Bell (née Stephen)
oil on board, 1912
15 3/4 in. x 13 3/8 in. (400 mm x 340 mm)
Purchased with help from The Art Fund, 1987
Primary Collection
NPG 5933


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  • Vanessa Bell (née Stephen) (1879-1961), Painter; sister of Virginia Woolf. Artist associated with 14 portraits, Sitter in 16 portraits.

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A central figure of the Bloomsbury group, Virginia Woolf (née Stephen) is one of the major writers of English fiction of the twentieth century and a pioneer, in works such as To the Lighthouse (1927) and The Waves (1931), of the 'stream of consciousness' novel. A Room of One's Own (1929) remains a classic in the canon of feminist writing. This portrait of her crocheting is by her sister, the Bloomsbury artist Vanessa Bell, and was painted before her marriage to Leonard Woolf. The writer was working on her first novel Melymbrosia which was published in 1915 as The Voyage Out. Acquired with the help form the National Art Collections Fund.

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