Quentin Bell fonds
Dates of Material:
2 cm of textual records
Quentin Bell was an author, artist, critic and biographer of his aunt, Virginia Woolf. He was born in London in 1910, to Clive and Vanessa Bell, who was Woolf’s sister; his parents separated when he was six. He studied art in Paris before mounting his first exhibition, and in 1947 published his first book, On Human Finery. Bell went on to publish more non-fiction books, as well as a novel. During his career he was a lecturer in art education at King’s College, Newcastle, and a professor of fine art at Oxford and the University of Leeds; he was also chair of history and theory of art at the University of Sussex. He received much acclaim when his biography of Virginia Woolf was published in 1972; and in 1996, the year of his death, his memoir Bloomsbury Recalled was hailed as a significant contribution to the history of that creative group. Bell was survived by his wife Anne Olivier Bell, and three children.
Scope and content
Fonds consists of letters, postcards and an invitation from Bell to Simon Watney, 1972–1991, regarding publishing, finances, artistic matters and other topics. Also includes two letters from Anne Olivier Bell to Watney.
Source of supplied title
Title based on contents of the fonds.
Immediate source of acquisition
Records purchased from dealer Peter Grogan in May 2009
Restrictions on access: No restrictions on access.
Box/file list available
Further accruals are expected
Provenance access points:
Bell, Anne Olivier