• LOCATION 9 | 'Such Friends': Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group

    Clive Bell

    Clive came from a very wealthy family, whereas the others would be considered more middle class. He became an influential art critic, with his most famous book called Art. A bit pretentious I’ve always thought.

    Clive was the person in the group whom I call ‘The Observer.’ They are definitely part of the group, but a bit to one side, watching what is going on. They usually are active in lots of other social circles as well, and this was true of Clive. After the birth of their two sons, he and Vanessa had an ‘open’ marriage and he had many affairs, while still keeping a room all his own at Vanessa’s house, at Charleston.

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'Such Friends': Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group