The artist, critic and writer, Quentin Bell, provides a collection of pen portraits. The subjects include his parents (Vanessa and Clive Bell), his aunt and uncle (Virginia and Leonard Woolf), Roger Fry, E.M. Forster, Ottoline Morrell, Maynard Keynes and Lytton Strachey. In writing about these figures, Bell also tells the story of his own work: his employment as agricultural labourer, his career as an artist (in two and three dimensions) and teacher of art, critic, writer, and reluctant spokesman of Bloomsbury.
Quentin Bell, the younger son of Vanessa and Clive Bell, was born in 1910. He is a painter, sculptor, potter, author and art critic, and has been Professor of Fine Art at the University of Leeds; Slade Professor of Fine Art at Oxford; and Professor of the History of Theory of Art at Sussex. His books include On Human Finery, Ruskin, Bloomsbury and the highly praised two-voulme Virginia Woolf: A Biography which won the Duff Cooper Memorial Prize, the James Tait Black Memorial Book Prize and the Yorkshire Post Book of the Year. He lives in Sussex, not far from Charleston.