‘It was quite a jolly affair’

by charlestonattic


Such was Quentin Bell’s recollection of Maynard Keynes’ bonfire celebration on the 5th of November the year before the Second World War.

Today, as the sounds of Lewes bonfire spread across the fields to Charleston, images of fireworks, startling bursts of falling light, emerge from the Angelica Garnett Gift. In anticipation of tonight’s revelry we look to this study of another celebratory evening, perhaps at the Festival of Britain. Although we cannot say whether the Charlestonians were ever amongst the thronging crowds at Lewes, they hosted their own firework displays every year for Quentin Bell’s birthday.

Wishing you all a fantastic Bonfire night from The Charleston Attic!