Portrait of Roger Fry by Vanessa Bell

Vanessa Bell became close friends with the art critic Roger Fry in 1910 and began an affair with him the following year.


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.

Venue details

National Portrait Gallery St Martin's Place, LONDON London WC2H 0HE 020 7306 0055 www.npg.org.uk

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