Charleston: The Bloomsbury Muse

17.00 BST, 18 October 2021 | Online

Duncan Grant, Portrait of Vanessa Bell,
1915-16, Oil on canvas.
Image courtesy of Philip Mould & Company

Both Philip Mould & Company and The Charleston Trust have recently opened exhibitions showcasing works by Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, which were (for the most part) created at Charleston House in East Sussex. The Charleston Trust have opened Duncan Grant: 1920' a recreation of Duncan Grant's first solo exhibition 101 years on. The exhibition displays over 30 artworks by Duncan, some of which have not been seen for decades or in public before. The exhibition is Duncan's first solo show since his death in 1978.

Concurrently, Philip Mould & Company have opened their new exhibition Charleston: The Bloomsbury Muse, which presents works by Vanessa and Duncan from 1912-1950. The exhibition showcases a compendium of works, beginning with radically modern works influenced by European trends. Presenting Charleston as their muse, the exhibition explores thirty-five years of artistic productivity. 

The talk will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

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Janet Hardie
Senior Specialist, Modern British and Irish Art Department, Bonhams, London


Janet Hardie is a Senior Specialist in Modern British and Irish art, and is Head of Sale for the three-yearly sales for this department at Knightsbridge, as well as Co-Head of the multi-departmental sales Pop x Culture and British. Cool. She studied History of Art at the University of St Andrews, encompassing a wide range of subjects including Classicism, the art of Byzantium, modern Russian and American art and both historical and contemporary photography. Developing a passion for Modern British art and the unique depth and diversity present in its century-wide span, Janet went on to work on sales of Modern British art at Sotheby's, with experience working on both various-owner and a number of high-profile single owner sales, before joining Bonhams in 2018. She has a special interest in the art of St Ives, particularly Peter Lanyon, as well as that of Edward Burra.




Dr Darren Clarke
Head of Collections, Research and Exhibitions, Charleston Trust, East Sussex


Dr Darren Clarke is Head of Collections, Research and Exhibitions at Charleston, East Sussex, the former home of the Bloomsbury artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant. His most recent exhibitions include Duncan Grant: 1920 (2021), a recreation of Grant's first solo exhibition, Orlando at the present time (2018), and Post-Impressionist Living: The Omega Workshops (2019). He has published widely on Bloomsbury, with a particular interest in Bloomsbury's LGBTQ+ history and is editor of the Charleston Press.






Lawrence Hendra
Head of Research, Director, Philip Mould & Company, London

Lawrence is Head of Research at Philip Mould & Co and over the years has identified a number of previously lost works by painters such as Peter Paul Rubens, Anthony Van Dyck and Peter Lely. Lawrence has a particular interest in Tudor and Jacobean portraiture and has made numerous exciting discoveries in this field. As well the Old Masters, Lawrence is also a specialist in 20th Century British portraiture, and in 2019 edited and published a previously lost manuscript on Modern British society portrait painter Ambrose McEvoy. Divine People: The Art and Life of Ambrose McEvoy was nominated for the long list of the William MB Berger Prize for British Art History (2020), and the accompanying exhibition at the gallery received positive reviews in the British Art Journal. Lawrence also occasionally appears as a specialist on BBC1's Antiques Roadshow.





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