Vanessa Bell became close friends with the art critic Roger Fry in 1910 and began an affair with him the following year.
Portrait of Roger Fry by Vanessa Bell, 1912
© 1961 Estate of Vanessa Bell courtesy Henrietta Garnett/ National Portrait Gallery, London
- Oil on panel
- 29.3 x 23.6 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £20,000 ( Total: £55,000)
- Acquired in:
- Private vendor
This portrait was painted when the lovers spent a short holiday together at Niton, Isle of Wight in 1912. Vanessa was experimenting with a pseudo-pointilliste technique previously used by Duncan Grant which she had named his 'leopard manner'.
The Fry family; Anthony d'Offay Gallery, 1984; Mr & Mrs Charles Alcorn, Texas to 1997; Mr Bret Thompson.