Virginia Woolf exhibition at National Portrait Gallery

Date Posted: 24/04/2014

Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision at the National Portrait Gallery from 10th July to 26th October will explore the life and achievements of Virginia Woolf.

The exhibition, which has been guest curated by Woolf’s biographer Frances Spalding, will feature painted portraits, photographs, drawings and rare archival material, including a letter to her sister, Vanessa Bell, written shortly before her suicide.

The exhibition looks at her early life, literary interests and achievements, her fascination with London, awareness of modernity, and her developing feminist and political views.

Highlights of the exhibition include distinctive portraits of Woolf by her Bloomsbury Group contemporaries, Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant and Roger Fry, as well as a collection of photographs by Beresford, Man Ray, and Beck and McGregor who photographed Woolf for Vogue.

The exhibition will also feature portraits of those she was closest to, including a selection of intimate images recording her time spent with friends, family and literary peers.

Events and talks to accompany the exhibition

The exhibition will have a dedicated programme of associated events and talks taking place throughout its display period at the gallery.

Every Tuesday during the exhibition students can see Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision for a reduced rate of £5.

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Pictured: TS Eliot: Virginia Woolf by Lady Ottoline Morrell, June 1924 (photo credit: National Portrait Gallery, London).

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