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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln; New Ed edition (1 May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071122370X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711223707
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 1.3 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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a fabulous DIY story, with lashings of eminent Edwardians || Here is a view of the quintessential Bloomsbury house through the eyes of a child and grandchild of Clive and Vanessa Bell. It gives warm and intimate views of unorthodox lives ... the pictures are a glorious reminder of Charleston's enduring influence

About the Author

Quentin Bell, the younger son of Clive and Vanessa Bell, grew up at Charleston, giving him an intimate knowledge of the house and its inhabitants. He was a painter, sculptor, potter and art critic, and held chairs in Fine Art and the History of Art at the universities of Leeds, Oxford and Sussex. He died in 1996.

Virginia Nicholson is the elder daughter of Quentin and Olivier Bell. After studying at Cambridge University she worked as a television researcher. She lives in Sussex near Charleston and is a member of the Charleston Committee.


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After reading Virginia Nicholson's book Among the Bohemians: Experiments in Living 1900-1939, I ordered this earlier work about Charleston, the country house in Sussex where Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell lived, and many other members of the Bloomsbury visited. The numerous large photos in this volume, showing all the rooms and the well-preserved decorations applied by Grant and Bell to just about every surface, add powerful visualisation to the prose and b/w images of the Bohemians book. The texts, started by Nicholson's father, Quentin Bell and then completed by her, gives a more personal perspective of Bloomsbury life than the other book. A perfect companion for all who enjoyed Among the Bohemians.
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The seller says that the state of the product is very good. It is not the case. The cover was dirty, sticky, and the cover colours completed fade by the sun.
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Beautiful pictures in this room-by-room tour of Charleston Farmhouse; brought back memories of a very happy visit some years ago and made me want to go back. When Vanessa Bell moved there in 1916, with Duncan Grant and his friend David Garnett - a complicated menage that seems to have worked very happily - they worked a transformation with paint. The result ... one of England's most delightful interiors, sheer exuberance of colour and design used with absolute fearlessness. (And what an inspiration ... what can be done with a can of Dulux if you throw caution to the winds!)
This memoir of the house is written by Quentin Bell and Virginia Nicholson, Vanessa's younger son and grand-daughter. Quentin was 85 when he began writing the first draft but as his health failed, his daughter sat by his bed recording his memories. The book is imbued with their love for the house (as well as being a daughter's affectionate memoir of her father). Quentin's memories, in particular, convey what a magical place it was to live in. Happily, without any of that Bloomsbury Set adulation that so often gets up my nose ... to him, they were real people, Vanessa a loving mother, Clive Bell emerging from his bathroom 'pink as a peach', Maynard Keynes sweeping in with the Evening Standard and the fascination of his involvement with high politics and the Treaty of Versailles, his ballerina wife who could bore for Russia.
What a shame that the house is now a shrine for visitors, when it was once so full of life - a place to be enjoyed, not revered.
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An excellent book, full of interesting text, and packed with first-class colour plates. This book completely captures the magic of the Bloomsbury group of artists. A book, which I can strongly recommend.
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For all Charleston lovers, this book is a must. Inspirational with truly gorgeous photographs and interesting historical content.
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A recent visit to Charleston in Lewes after a 17 year gap left me completely in awe of the Bloomsbury group. This book is well illustrated and informative and a must if you are interested in Sackville West, Bell, Lytton Strachey, Woolf or any of the other members of this alternative bohemian set. I have also bought the an embroidery/tapestry book via Abebooks so that I can recreate some of the incredible and still contemporary looking textiles.
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Great book in terms of imagery, and some nice information and anecdotes about those connected with the bloomsbury group. More of a 'nice' coffee table book though, than anything heavyweight. For me though, seeing this fluid and expressive decorating scheme has encouraged me to see my own home in terms of an ever changing artistic environment.
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went to visit Charleston and wanted to know more about the house and it's amazingly interesting occupants - a great book with lovely photos.
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