The Spare Room – an individual pattern


'In 1936 Vanessa Bell decided the room could do with a facelift; in April of that year she wrote to her son Julian: 'You won't be surprised to hear that I started the week here doing a little house painting... Angelica and I decided that it would be fun to tackle the spare room. We have great plans for letting ourselves go on that.'

Indeed they did, and the decoration around the window with its spectacular decorations done by Vanessa gives a dazzle of colour and light at one end. On the windowsill stands a terracotta bust of a woman by Quentin Bell, circa 1960 – what he would have described as 'one of my girls'.' (Extracts taken from Charleston, a Bloomsbury House & Garden by Quentin Bell & Virginia Nicholson.)

The painting around the window is now crumbling, with severe water damage and plaster degradation. With your support, we are hoping to restore this surface to its colourful former glory.

Thank you to everyone who has donated so far. Please help us to spread the word about our project – with your help, we can make it happen.

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