A Painter’s Paradise
The Restoration of Charleston Farmhouse
‘An absolutely enthralling evocation’ The Observer
This film follows the painstaking restoration of Charleston over a five year period. Specialist restorers, family, and friends lovingly work on the walls, the textiles, the paintings, the furniture, even the flowerbeds.
Life at Charleston is evoked through photographs, canvasses, and diaries, together with the recollections of Vanessa Bell’s children, the artist and designer Angelica Garnett, and the writer and potter Quentin Bell.
“If you lived there, you could make it absolutely divine” wrote Virginia Woolf to her sister Vanessa Bell of Charleston Farmhouse.
In 1916 Vanessa, her two sons Julian and Quentin, the artist Duncan Grant and the writer David Garnett set up home at Charleston in the closing years of the First World War.
Over the following fifty years Charleston became a creative monument to the fine and applied arts of Bell and Grant. It is the only complete example of their decorate work anywhere in the world.