“For the first time in 50 years, rare Bloomsbury interiors designed by artists Vanessa Bell, Roger Fry and Duncan Grant, and reassembled from public and private collection across the country, have been brought together to celebrate Bloomsbury’s wider contribution to Britain’s early 20th-century avant-garde.”

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An essay published in The New Yorker
Virginia Woolf, née Stephen
by Vanessa Bell (1912)

The future is dark, which is the best thing the future can be, I think,” Virginia Woolf wrote in her journal on January 18, 1915, when she was almost thirty-three years old and the First World War was beginning to turn into catastrophic slaughter on an unprecedented scale that would continue for years. Belgium was occupied, the continent was at war, many of the European nations were also invading other places around the world, the Panama Canal had just opened, the U.S. economy was in terrible shape, twenty-nine thousand people had just died in an Italian earthquake, Zeppelins were about to attack Great Yarmouth, launching the age of aerial bombing against civilians, and the Germans were just weeks away from using poison gas for the first time on the Western Front. Woolf, however, might have been writing about her own future rather than the world’s. [Read More]