• LOCATION 12 | 'Such Friends': Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group

    Loved in Triangles and Lived in Squares

    When Vanessa got married and started a family, the still single Virginia was a bit jealous. She even started a flirtation with Clive at one point. Virginia described her sister and brother-in-law in a letter to a friend.

    She said, “[They] live...much like your ladies in a French salon; they have all the wits and poets; and ‘Nessa sits among them, like a Goddess."

    After ‘everything changed’ in 1908, the Bloomsberries' relationships became more tangled than ever. Lytton started bringing his cousin and lover, painter Duncan Grant to the Thursday evenings. Lytton’s Cambridge friend John Maynard Keynes took rooms in Fitzroy Square and joined in the fun as well. In fact, he began sleeping with Duncan.

    You can see why the Bloomsbury group has been described as those who ‘loved in triangles and lived in squares’

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'Such Friends': Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group