More Bloomsbury Cats!

by charlestonattic

These sketches of lounging cats come from another sketchbook labelled ‘VB’ for Vanessa Bell.CHA-P-test2-3

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Bell may have had a little help from her children with this rough sketch on the back of the front cover!

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There were always cats at Charleston, a particular favourite was called Marco Polo. Although cats aren’t often mentioned in the literature about Charleston, we rather suspect the artists harboured a soft spot for them!

Another of Bell’s cats was shown at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, New York as part of their 2009 ‘A Room of Their Own: The Bloomsbury Artists in American Collections’ exhibition. They have kindly allowed us permission to use their photography here.

Vanessa Bell, Decorative design for Cat, 1930s. Private collection. Image courtesy of Julie Magura, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art.

Vanessa Bell, Decorative design “Cat,” 1930s. Gouache on board, dia. 22 inches. Private collection. Image courtesy of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University.

This woodcut of a cat by Dora Carrington was also shown in the Cornell show. http://museum.cornell.edu/bloomsbury/press.htm

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