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Vanessa Bell Painting
© Estate of Duncan Grant. All rights reserved, DACS 2015

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Vanessa Bell Painting 1915 (incorrectly dated 1913)

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  • Scottish Art
British painter and designer Vanessa Bell was the older sister of Virginia Woolf and a member of the so-called Bloomsbury Group as was Duncan Grant. This work, which shows Vanessa Bell painting a still life of kitchen utensils, was executed in a boat-house on the Sussex coast in the early summer of 1915 (the date inscribed on the canvas, 1913, is incorrect). Grant painted many pictures of Vanessa Bell from 1912 to 1960. The bright colours of this painting are typical of his pre-war work. Bell lived with Grant from 1916 and gave birth to their daughter in 1918 .

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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.


Text written on a book, document or artwork. Examples include the added information such as edition number and date on a print, or a dedication written in a book.

Still life

A painting, drawing or photograph depicting inanimate objects.

Bloomsbury Group, Inscription, Still life


  • Acc. No. GMA 900
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 76.20 x 55.90 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1965