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

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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
NPG 5933

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Ebba D. Drolshagen

7 November 2016, 11:57

I wish to point out that Woolf is not crocheting, but knitting. This is obvious from the way she holds her hands, but also because it is known she was a knitter. It is said that she wrote to Leonhard before their marriage, “Knitting is the saving of life.” And Edith Sitwell’s said, that VW was ‘a beautiful little knitter". Thank you for your brillant work and the great website.

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