Vanessa's child Quentin Bell spent a great deal of time there when he was young as did his brother and sister. Quentin and Quentin's daughter, Virginia Nicholson, contribute their memories of Charleston to this lavishly illustrated book. There are photographs of the house, reproductions of art work and so much more in this volume. It is organized by room so you can spend time wherever you like and in the order that suits you.
This book is highly recommended. It has a beautiful layout, gorgeous visuals and many enjoyable reminiscences. Thanks for my visit NetGalley and the publisher! Jun 19, Teresa rated it it was amazing. This beautiful book features the Charleston House and Gardens in Sussex. The house belonged to Vanessa Bell, the sister of Virginia Woolf.
The book is filled with pictures of each room, paintings, a blueprint of the house and garden. But the best art is reading Quentin's true life accounts of life in the house. He has stories about happenings in each room of the house. The house also features the Bloomsbury decorative style. The book was beautiful to flip through and very interesting to read. I would love to visit this house some day. The house is open to tours. I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.
Aug 04, Kirsty rated it really liked it Shelves: kindle , august Nicholson completed the writing of it after her father, Quentin Bell, passed away.
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The commentary tells both of Charleston's inhabitants and its guests. The artwork, floor plans, and accompanying photographs are lovely, and a real sense of the house's character is given. There is so much attention to detail here. I found it fascinating, and would love to see the quirky hous I have wanted to read Quentin Bell and Virginia Nicholson's Charleston: A Bloomsbury House and Garden for such a long time.
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I found it fascinating, and would love to see the quirky house in person one day. The garden particularly is breathtaking. The book features beautiful pictures of Charleston house and garden, family photographs of Vanessa Bell and her circle and text by Vanessa's son Quentin Bell. Highly recommended for Bloomsbury afficionados who can never get too much information about this period of English literary and artistic history.
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Jun 05, Melinda rated it it was amazing. Bloomsbury Group always fascinating to read about. Here is Vanessa Bell's Virginia Wolf's sister home with her lovely decor, exquisite paintings, and the various stories of her life, as well as some of the history of "the Bloomsbury Group" who came at went at Vanessa's country home, "Charleston. Oct 14, Jesse rated it really liked it Shelves: my-virginia-woolf-obsession , bloomsbury , visual-arts , art-history-and-criticism. A most magical place--it's like stepping into a painting.
Beautifully crafted book. Words and gorgeous photography perfectly blended and a fantastic accompaniment to one of my favourite places to visit over and over again. Aug 03, Sandy rated it it was amazing Shelves: non-fiction , book , , art. The story of a house and the famous people who lived there and decorated it in their own personal style during and after WW I. Nov 15, Angela Gutierrez rated it it was amazing. I'm a Bloomsbury fanatic and love this book!
From the publisher Set in the heart of the Sussex Downs, Charleston Farmhouse is the most important remaining example of Bloomsbury decorative style, created by the painters Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant. Quentin Bell, the younger son of Clive and Vanessa Bell, and his daughter Virginia Nicholson, tell the story of this unique house, linking it with some of the leading cultural figures who were invited there, including Vanessa's sister Virginia Woolf, the writer Lytton Strachey, the economist Maynard Keynes and the art critic Roger Fry.
The house and garden are portrayed through Allen MacWeeney's atmospheric photographs; pictures from Vanessa Bell's family album convey the flavour of the household in its heyday. I admit — I thought that it was about Charleston, SC, my dream vacation spot. It was full of photos though and the story was interesting but I cannot see buying it for anyone.
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Apr 14, Nicola Pierce rated it it was amazing. A gorgeously produced book about Vanessa Bell's paradise house with text by her son Quentin and granddaughter Virginia Nicholson. From now on, I am scouring vintage shops for furniture I like and reminds me of anything at all that I've seen in this book. And, obviously, I want to visit the house in person some day soon. Perfect gift for any budding artist or Bloomsbury fan.
Aug 26, Chris rated it it was amazing. I love all things Bloomsbury so loved this too View 1 comment. Feb 11, Ross Mountney rated it really liked it. An inspiring dip into such a creative house with snippets of the lives of the artists. Aug 22, Vanessa Innes-Wagstaff rated it it was amazing Shelves: owned-books , my-favourite-books. A super book, beautifully illustrated, well written. Definitely worth buying.
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Just a sadness that when you go to the house, you can't photograph inside. So this book is essential. Jul 01, Sandra rated it it was amazing. I bought this book after visiting Charleston. I was eager to re-live my visit and to learn more about the house and it's famous occupants. Beautifully and lovingly written by Quentin Bell who spent his childhood in Charleston and his daughter Virginia Nicolson, this book provides intimate insights into a special chapter of 20th century social, artistic and literary history history now widely known as "Bloomsbury". Mar 02, Beth rated it it was amazing Shelves: art.
This beautiful book, written by Quentin Bell and his daughter Virginia Nicholson respectively the nephew and great niece of Virginia Woolf , is the perfect picture--written, illustrated and photographic--of life at Charleston, the home of Quentin's mother and Woolf's sister, Vanessa Bell, as well as respite to other famous members of the Bloomsbury group.
Each room of the house is described both in content and with stories from Quentin about events that unfolded in those rooms, so the reader ge This beautiful book, written by Quentin Bell and his daughter Virginia Nicholson respectively the nephew and great niece of Virginia Woolf , is the perfect picture--written, illustrated and photographic--of life at Charleston, the home of Quentin's mother and Woolf's sister, Vanessa Bell, as well as respite to other famous members of the Bloomsbury group. Each room of the house is described both in content and with stories from Quentin about events that unfolded in those rooms, so the reader gets a real sense of what life there would have been like.
Books that were there in the s still remain on the shelves, as do Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell's artwork on doors, mantles, and various pieces of furniture. This is a book to lose yourself in. It is a delight. This is an absolutely gorgeous update to the original with new photographs of Charleston, the house and gardens where artist Vanessa Bell, Virginia Woolf's sister, hosted so many luminaries of the Bloomsbury era, including of course, Woolf and her husband Leonard but also T.
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A lovely history of a house and a era of turmoil. Started by Quentin Bell and finished by his daughter from tales on his deathbed. It describes the house, the artist input to the house from painting and sculptures, to the way of everyday life of the famous, and some not so famous, who used the house as a base of the Bloomsbury group.
The photos are interesting and the artwork is beautiful, but most of all captures a moment in time which can never be repli A lovely history of a house and a era of turmoil.
The photos are interesting and the artwork is beautiful, but most of all captures a moment in time which can never be replicated. I love this book! I want to travel back in time and visit or live in Charleston Farmhouse, count the Bloomsbury Group among my friends, create or decorate everything in sight, linger in the gardens, and talk about fascinating things with the exceptional people who spent time there. This wonderful book is so evocative of time, place and people that it leads one to dream. There is the sense of an almost childlike exuberance in their original design and decoration of every possible surface in the house, including walls, textiles, furniture, ceramics, rugs, even lamps, and in the gardens the creation of ponds, fountains, pathways, private refuges, mosaics, sculpture, and color everywhere.
Their memories are of intellectual, interpersonal and artistic pursuits coupled with much laughter and deep sadness, too. It is a joy to experience. I am not artistic, but I told a friend the spirit of free expression I get from it makes me think I could be. I plan to own this book, so I can escape to Charleston and spend time with its residents over and over again. Beautiful coffee table book with lovely, lush photographs highlights the Charleston design that most people have become familiar with. Loved it! If you are not satisfied with your book, just send it back to us and we will refund your purchase in full.
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