by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, photomontage, 7 June 1968
11 in. x 8 in. (280 mm x 203 mm) image size
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- Duncan Grant (1885-1978), Artist. Sitter associated with 29 portraits, Artist of 9 portraits.
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- Godfrey Argent (1937-2006), Photographer. Artist associated with 800 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
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Taken for the National Photographic Record, Grant appears relaxed and happy as he poses in his studio at Charleston. Sir Roy Strong, the National Portrait Gallery's director at the time, encouraged Argent to photograph cultural figures and to record the sitters in appropriate locations. Vanessa Bell and Grant used to paint together in this room, until she moved to her own space at the top of the house. The studio is an excellent example of Bell and Grant's decorative style: painted tiles, decorated furniture, ceramics, academic casts, fabrics, screens, busts and family portraits.