by Sir Matthew Smith
oil on canvas, circa 1957
30 in. x 20 in. (762 mm x 508 mm)
Sitterback to top
- Angelica Vanessa Garnett (née Bell) (1918-2012), Writer and artist; wife of David Garnett; daughter of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant. Sitter in 7 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Sir Matthew Smith (1879-1959), Painter. Artist of 4 portraits, Sitter in 6 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Smith was associated with the Bloomsbury group early in his career and Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell remained his close friends. He had known their daughter, Angelica Garnett, since childhood, and painted her a number of times.
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Colour, Light, Texture: Portraits by Matthew Smith and Frank Dobson (5 August 2014 - 6 April 2015)
Events of 1957back to top
Current affairsHarold Macmillan takes over as Conservative prime minister, manoeuvring Eden out of power after his poor handling of the Suez Crisis the previous year.
The Wolfenden Report recommends that homosexuality should no longer be a criminal offence. It still took ten years, however, before any changes were made to the law on homosexuality with the Sexual Offences Act in 1967.