Charleston

Charleston

A Bloomsbury House and Garden

Book - 2004
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Set in the heart of the Sussex Downs, Charleston Farmhouse is the most important remaining example of Bloomsbury decorative style, created by the painters Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant. Quentin Bell, the younger son of Clive and Vanessa Bell, and his daughter Virghinia Nicholson, tell the story of this unique house, linking it with some of the leading cultural figures who were invited there, including Vanessa's sister Virginia Woolf, the writer Lytton Strachey, the economist Maynard Keynes and the art critic Roger Fry. The house and garden are portrayed through Alen MacWeeney's atmostpheric photographs; pictures from Vanessa Bell's family album convey the flavour of the household in its heyday.
Publisher: London : Frances Lincoln, 2004.
ISBN: 9780711223707
071122370X
Branch Call Number: 700.922 Bell
Characteristics: 160 p. :,ill. (some col.) ;,25 cm.
Additional Contributors: MacWeeney, Alen
Nicholson, Virginia

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wendybradley
Sep 22, 2016

When I suggested this book for purchase I did wonder what could be left to say about the Bloomsbury group. What this work contains is the most beautiful photographs of Charleston - house and garden (just as the title suggests). With the addition of reproductions of varies art work, this book is a joy. Unfortunately I will have to return it to the library so someone else can take a turn being captivated. What did I learn from it? That the people who lived here were very very lucky, and that they created such a beautiful environment. I only wish it had been me, but I know I would have been one of the servants they continually complained about!

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