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Charleston: An Artists' Home

4.48  ·  Rating details ·  102 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
This volume encapsulates the artistic sensibility and casual sophistication of the Bloomsbury Group. In 1916, Virginia Woolf wrote to her sister, Vanessa Bell, that though the farmhouse at Charleston in Sussex was primitive, you could make it lovely. Six months later, Bell moved in and, treating the house as a blank canvas, went on to create a treasury of Bloomsbury art.
Published (first published November 15th 1997)
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Helen White
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, art
Beautiful book. Stunning photos of all the details of Charleston house and black and white photos of all the Bloomsbury group involved. Also a great insight into the daily lives of some of the group and how the house developed.
Oct 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: art-and-artists
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
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This quotation isn't from this book, but from a piece Virginia Nicholson wrote recently for Harper's Bazaar (in celebration of a big Vanessa Bell retrospective this spring), and I think it encapsulates the feel of what Vanessa Bell (and also Duncan Grant) created at Charleston, which is so beautifully pictured in this book:

"Adorned with decorated furniture and murals, colourful textiles, ceramics and canvases, Charleston is in itself a work of art; in some senses, perhaps Vanessa's greatest. And
Jun 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bloomsbury Group always fascinating to read about. Here is Vanessa Bell's (Virginia Wolf's sister) home with her lovely decor, exquisite paintings, and the various stories of her life, as well as some of the history of "the Bloomsbury Group" who came at went at Vanessa's country home, "Charleston."
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.
Angela Gutierrez
I'm a Bloomsbury fanatic and love this book!
Aug 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book
The story of a house and the famous people who lived there and decorated it in their own personal style during and after WW I. Beautiful.
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful interiors.
Feb 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully crafted book. Words and gorgeous photography perfectly blended and a fantastic accompaniment to one of my favourite places to visit over and over again.
A most magical place--it's like stepping into a painting.
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love all things Bloomsbury so loved this too...oh, and I definitely want a weekend house with a garden.
Vanessa Innes-Wagstaff
A super book, beautifully illustrated, well written. Definitely worth buying. Just a sadness that when you go to the house, you can't photograph inside. So this book is essential.
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book after visiting Charleston. I was eager to re-live my visit and to learn more about the house and it's famous occupants. Beautifully and lovingly written by Quentin Bell (who spent his childhood in Charleston) and his daughter Virginia Nicolson, this book provides intimate insights into a special chapter of 20th century social, artistic and literary history history now widely known as "Bloomsbury"
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: art
This beautiful book, written by Quentin Bell and his daughter Virginia Nicholson (respectively the nephew and great niece of Virginia Woolf), is the perfect picture--written, illustrated and photographic--of life at Charleston, the home of Quentin's mother and Woolf's sister, Vanessa Bell, as well as respite to other famous members of the Bloomsbury group. Each room of the house is described both in content and with stories from Quentin about events that unfolded in those rooms, so the reader ge ...more
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