The Library is lucky enough to hold a rare volume of eight lithographs by artists of the Bloomsbury Group: Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant, Caroline Lucas and Hercules Du Plessis. This folio of prints was published in 1945 by Miller’s of Lewes, in a limited edition of 250. We hold number 61 of this edition. Each artist has contributed two lithographs, one in colour and one in black and white. Shown here are Amarylis and Girl Reading by Vanessa Bell, Window in Toledo by Duncan Grant, and Fruit and Flowers by Caroline Lucas.
The Bloomsbury Group was an influential loose collective of artists, writers, critics and intellectuals based around the Bloomsbury area of London during the first half of the 20th century. Famous participants include Virginia Woolf and E. M. Forster. The group had a lasting influential on art, aesthetics and philosophy in Britain, particularly in its move away from High Victorian values and its concentration instead on the private or domestic spheres.