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Bloomsbury at home
Todd, Pamela.
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Publication Information:
New York : Harry N. Abrams, 1999.
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192 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 28 cm
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1440 Lexile.
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DA685.B65 T63 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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In her tenth book, Todd describes the lives, relationships, and homes of Virginia and Leonard Woolf, the Bells, Dora Carrington, Lytton Strachey, and various other members of the Bloomsbury group. She includes quotations from diaries, letters, and recollections and illustrates the text with paintings, sketches, family photographs, and new photography of Bloomsbury homes and studios.

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Booklist Review

Two new books correct the impression that the much scrutinized creative enclave known as Bloomsbury is more literary, what with the tremendous influence of Virginia Woolf, E. M. Forster, and Lytton Strachey, than painterly. The paintings and criticism of the visionary art historian Roger Fry, whom Shone credits with galvanizing the group, and the sensuous paintings of Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell were revolutionary and continue to yield fresh revelations for scholars and the public alike. Shone, the author of a number of fine books about British artists, has put together a handsome and uniquely comprehensive volume in connection with a major international exhibition. He and his contributors can't avoid the subject of Bloomsbury's extraordinarily complex personal relationships, which generated its adventurous aesthetic dynamic, but each artist's oeuvre is analyzed in its own right as well. The resulting text is illuminating, and the reproductions, 200 in color, are spectacular. Scenes of domesticity dominate Bloomsbury paintings, even the group's name is derived from the district in London in which they lived. So what could be more natural than an illustrated book about Bloomsbury homes? Todd, a versatile arts writer, makes judicious use of the vast amount of material available--photographs, paintings, diaries, letters, and memoirs--in her graceful chronicle of the stimulating blend of conventional middle-class routines and improvisational bohemianism that turned such London locations as Fitzroy Square, Hogarth House, and Tavistock Square, and the Sussex abodes Monk House and Charleston Farmhouse, into virtual crucibles for creativity. --Donna Seaman

Library Journal Review

Published as a catalog to accompany a traveling exhibition at the Tate Gallery, London, the Huntington Library, San Marino, CA, and The Yale Center for British Art, The Art of Bloomsbury focuses on the artists of this circle, which flourished in England during the first decades of the 20th century. In three scholarly essays, the artists Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant, Clive Bell, and critic Roger Fry are discussed in terms of their relationship to French modernist art and abstraction. Also emphasized is the vision of ritual and ceremony and the dreamlike quality of the Bloomsbury artists' work, which had its roots in the tradition of the 19th-century high Victorian imagination. A catalog of beautiful color illustrations of all art objects in the exhibition is divided up chronologically and thematically, with each section accompanied by a short introductory essay. Highly recommended for all art libraries and academic libraries supporting programs in art. Bloomsbury at Home focuses upon the districts and houses where the artists and writers of the Bloomsbury group chose to live and how these places reflected their ideas on art and life. The Bloomsbury group's evocation of these places is illustrated through excerpts from letters, diaries, memoirs, and personal anecdotes. Physical details of the houses are described, as are the daily details of the lives of these artists. A helpful and succinct glossary of the biographies of all of the members of the Bloomsbury group is included in the front of this volume. Nice photographs and color reproductions of artworks and interiors are included. This is an enjoyable book, and although not very scholarly, it has interesting firsthand accounts of life during this period. Recommended for general art collections.--Sandra Rothenberg, Framingham State Coll. Lib., MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 14
1 London Bloomsbury Begins Before the Warp. 24
2 Asheham, Wissett & Garsington Manor Rural Retreats at Home in the Countryp. 48
3 Paradise the Hogarth Press in Richmond: Leonard & Virginiap. 72
4 London Squares & Studios Omega & the Party Seasonp. 78
5 Charleston 'An Enchanted Place' Vanessa & Duncanp. 97
6 Tidmarsh & Ham Spray from Z to a Carrington & Lyttonp. 128
7 London the Hogarth Press in Bloomsbury Literary Lifep. 147
8 Europe 'the Dream of Living Sunbaked' Bloomsbury Travelsp. 164
9 Monk's House a House of Many Doors Leonard & Virginiap. 174
A Final Postscriptp. 185
Bibliographyp. 186
Notesp. 187
Acknowledgementsp. 189
Indexp. 190