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Bloomsbury


38 People in sitter grouping:

At the beginning of the 20th century in London's Bloomsbury district, an amalgamation of sets such as the Apostles and Vanessa Bell's Friday Club formed the first Bloomsbury Group, a society for the free-thinking intellectuals of the day, united by their belief in the pursuit of art and pleasure. The group's roots lay in the earlier Clapham Sect, and they shared the same left wing values of progressive thought and support for their friends' creative undertakings. In the group's history a divide can be seen between the 'old' and 'new' set, as changes and deaths in the 1920s and 30s brought in the younger generation, the sons and daughters of the original 'old' set. Although many principles remained the same, the rejection of their upper class heritage and privileging of love and life experiences, the 'new' set had a far stronger political stance, and many were conscientious objectors and members of political groups outside of Bloomsbury. The group did not survive the death of two of its key members, Lytton Strachey and Virginia Woolf, and by the end of the 1930s, the group that had never called itself a group had all but ceased to exist.

Clive Bell

Clive Bell

1881-1964
Art critic
Sitter in 29 portraits
Quentin Bell

Quentin Bell

1910-1996
Artist and writer; son of Clive and Vanessa Bell
Sitter in 6 portraits
Vanessa Bell

Vanessa Bell

1879-1961
Painter; sister of Virginia Woolf
Sitter in 19 portraits | Artist associated with 14 portraits
Gerald Brenan

Gerald Brenan

1894-1987
Writer and Hispanic scholar
Sitter in 3 portraits
Dora Carrington

Dora Carrington

1893-1932
Artist
Sitter in 20 portraits | Artist associated with 10 portraits
E.M. Forster

E.M. Forster

1879-1970
Novelist
Sitter in 44 portraits
Margery Fry

Margery Fry

1874-1958
Social and penal reformer; sister of Roger Fry
Sitter in 4 portraits
Roger Fry

Roger Fry

1866-1934
Critic and painter
Sitter in 18 portraits | Artist of 5 portraits
Angelica Garnett

Angelica Garnett

1918-2012
Writer and artist; wife of David Garnett; daughter of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant
Sitter in 7 portraits
David Garnett

David Garnett

1892-1981
Writer
Sitter in 6 portraits
Mark Gertler

Mark Gertler

1891-1939
Painter
Sitter in 99 portraits | Artist of 5 portraits
Duncan Grant

Duncan Grant

1885-1978
Artist
Sitter associated with 30 portraits | Artist of 9 portraits
John Maynard Keynes, Baron Keynes

John Maynard Keynes, Baron Keynes

1883-1946
Economist
Sitter in 26 portraits
Wyndham Lewis

Wyndham Lewis

1882-1957
Painter and novelist
Sitter in 18 portraits | Artist associated with 39 portraits
Lydia Lopokova

Lydia Lopokova

1892-1981
Ballet dancer; wife of Baron Keynes
Sitter in 22 portraits
Sir Desmond MacCarthy

Sir Desmond MacCarthy

1877-1952
Writer and critic
Sitter in 23 portraits
George Leigh Mallory

George Leigh Mallory

1886-1924
Mountaineer
Sitter in 5 portraits
Lady Ottoline Morrell

Lady Ottoline Morrell

1873-1938
Patron of the arts; half-sister of 6th Duke of Portland; wife of Philip Edward Morrell
Sitter associated with 596 portraits | Artist associated with 1715 portraits
Frances Partridge

Frances Partridge

1900-2004
Author and literary journalist
Sitter in 9 portraits | Artist of 1 portrait
Bertrand Russell

Bertrand Russell

1872-1970
Philosopher, mathematician and social reformer
Sitter in 118 portraits