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Duncan Grant, 1885 - 1978. Artist (Self-portrait)
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Duncan Grant, 1885 - 1978. Artist (Self-portrait) About 1920

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
Grant was a prominent member of the literary and artistic circle, the Bloomsbury group, which included the writer Virginia Woolf, the art critic Clive Bell and the economist, John Maynard Keynes. In the background of this self-portrait, reversed in the mirror, Grant has included Matisse's painting 'Woman Seated in an Arm Chair'. Grant had persauded Keynes to buy this painting; he had visited Matisse in Paris some years earlier and was much influenced by his work.

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Bloomsbury Group

An early 20th-century group of artists and writers named after the Bloomsbury area of London where many members lived. Members included Virginia Woolf, Clive and Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant. The group did much to promote Post-Impressionist art in Britain.

Bloomsbury Group


  • Acc. No. PG 2459
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 61.00 x 45.80 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1980