View out the Window, c. 1929

Vanessa Bell
View out the Window, c. 1929
Oil pastel on paper
12 ½ X 16 inches

signed (at lower left): VB estate stamp
Ex. Coll: Estate of Vanessa Bell; to Bloomsbury Workshop, London, England; to private collection, U.S.A.

A beautiful work by Vanessa Bell in its own right, this drawing is the design for a suite of six cane back chairs inset with ovals of needlepoint. Virginia Woolf, Vanessa’s famous author-sister, purchased the chairs at an exhibition of Vanessa Bell’s and Duncan Grant’s work at Lefevre Gallery in London in 1932. The six chairs were a focal point of Virginia and Leonard’s Dining Room at Monk’s House in Rodmell, England. They remain in the house to this day. The view depicted in the drawing is reminiscent of the view from Talland House, St. Ives, where Vanessa and Virginia spent their summers as children and the setting for Woolf’s book, To the Lighthouse.

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