Roger Fry Portrait

They lived in squares, painted circles and loved in triangles.” said American poet and wit Dorothy Parker about the many members of the Bloomsbury Group. A loosely (yet often very closely!) related group of artists, writers, critics, aesthetes, intellectuals and philosophers, I’ve been obsessed with them since school, and relished learning more about them at university. From colourful, avant garde pictures, to novels, biographies and, of course, details of their often complex relationships, this group of colourful people has absolutely fascinated me. I’ve always longed to own a ‘piece of it’ – but it has to be something proper, something real, and preferably something unique. Although I’ve enjoyed reading (and re-reading) books by Virgina Woolf et al, a paperback just doesn’t cut the mustard for me. And somehow a print doesn’t quite work either, which is very unlike me! Wandering around our local auction room last month, I spotted a painting of a young man (above) hanging relatively prominently on the end of a wall. As I passed by, I glanced at the signature …

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