Saturday, 13 August 2011
Yesterday was our 33rd wedding anniversary and we spent the day at Charleston House, home of the Bloomsbury Group. In 1916 the artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant moved to Sussex with their unconventional household. Over the following half century Charleston became the country meeting place for the group of artists, writers and intellectuals known as Bloomsbury. Clive Bell, David Garnett and Maynard Keynes lived at Charleston for considerable periods; Virginia and Leonard Woolf, E.M. Forster, Lytton Strachey and Roger Fry were frequent visitors. It is a fascinating home; members of the group painted the house and furniture in a totally unconventional way and they lived a totally Bohemian lifestyle declaring themselves pacifists and therefore opting out of taking part in the Great War.