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The Memoir Club (Duncan Grant; Leonard Woolf; Vanessa Bell; Clive Bell; David Garnett; Baron Keynes; Lydia Lopokova; Sir Desmond MacCarthy; Mary MacCarthy; Quentin Bell; E. M. Forster)

© 1961 estate of Vanessa Bell, courtesy Henrietta Garnett. Photo credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

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The Memoir Club first met in 1920, some fifteen years after the original evening gatherings of friends at 46 Gordon Square which are usually taken to denote the beginning of Bloomsbury. It replaced the earlier Novel Club, which had met briefly in 1913. This portrait depicts eleven key figures associated with Bloomsbury, and is painted from mid-way through the life of the group. It depicts Duncan Grant, Leonard Woolf, Vanessa Bell, Clive Bell, David Garnett, Maynard and Lydia Keynes, Desmond and Molly MacCarthy, Quentin Bell and E.

National Portrait Gallery, London

London

  • Date

    c.1943

  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    60.8 x 81.6 cm

  • Accession number

    6718

  • Acquisition method

    Purchased with help from the Dame Helen Gardner Bequest, 2005

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