Vanessa Bell (1879-1961)
The garden at Charleston
The journey to Charleston took several hours and I remember thinking how remote the town of Lewes for somewhere so close to London, situated in the rolling downs away from the main road. The house and studio was very interesting the walls and furniture hand painted by Vanessa and husband. The kitchen was my favourite room in the house, warm and central, with worn, scrubbed surfaces and a large fireplace. The walled gardens were very beautiful filled with colour and life, I wondered how they looked when Vanessa painted them.
- Virginia Woolf’s Never-Before-Seen Witty Family Newspaper, Illustrated by Her Nephew, Quentin Bell (brainpickings.org)