Bloomsbury in Sussex | Simon Watney


Hardback with dust-cover

The literary works and interesting sex lives of the Bloomsbury group are well known, almost boringly so.This refreshing guide takes an altogether less obvious and more domestic approach to an endlessly fascinating subject, looking at the furnishings, decorations and gardens of Charleston and Monks House and how they came to express the spirit of their remarkably creative and innovative occupants.

‘In a place like Charleston you can really see the sinews that hold the past to the future.’

Lawrence Gowing remembering Duncan and Vanessa

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Bloomsbury in Sussex | Simon Watney

The Bloomsbury group was the most innovative and influential group of pioneering modernist artists, writers and designers in early 20th century Britain. Tragically, all their London homes were destroyed in the Blitz, but happily, both Virginia and Leonard Woolf’s home in Rodmell and Vanessa Bell’s home at Charleston near Firle are open to the public. Together with the murals and other decorations by Duncan Grant, Vanessa Bell and her son Quentin in nearby Berwick church, they provide a unique picture of the aims and ideals associated, with the Bloomsbury group in the early decades of the last century, as reflected in the homes they lived and, worked in for more than 50 years

Snake River Press 2007


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