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Charleston: An Artists' Home
Set in the heart of the Sussex downs, Charleston Farmhouse is the most important remaining example of Bloomsbury decorative style. When painters Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, Vanessa's two children and Duncan's friend David Garnett moved there in 1916, they took on an old building and overgrown garden ripe for transformation. Undaunted by the lack of creature comforts, Du ...more
(first published November 15th 1997)
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Like a lot of my books, this one was sitting on the shelf for some time, waiting to be read. There are some wonderful photographs in it, so it had not been completely ignored, but it took my recent visit to Charleston to get me to actually read it through. I have to say firstly that to anyone interested in the Bloomsbury Group, Charleston is everything you might want it to be. It is a beautiful house, filled to the brim with wonderful artworks by Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, and decorated thro ...more
The book features beautiful pictures of Charleston house and garden, family photographs of Vanessa Bell and her circle and text by Vanessa's son Quentin Bell. Highly recommended for Bloomsbury afficionados who can never get too much information about this period of English literary and artistic history.