Angelica Garnett: 25th December 1918 – 4th May 2012

The Charleston Trust is sad to announce that Angelica Garnett died in France on the morning of Friday 4th May 2012 after a short illness.

Angelica was born at Charleston on Christmas day 1918, the daughter of Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell. Charleston was her home until she married in 1942. She was the mother of four daughters. She trained as an artist with the Euston Road School, and then as an actress. She is the author of Deceived with Kindness and The Unspoken Truth

 After Duncan Grant’s death in 1978, she returned to live at Charleston, and was actively involved in the acquisition and restoration of the house and its contents. The appearance of the house and collection today is the result of her generosity and that of her brother and sister-in-law Quentin and Olivier Bell.

Throughout her life she was a passionate supporter of Charleston, most recently donating over 8000 works by Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell to The Charleston Trust. Her most recent visit to Charleston was in April 2012 when she attended the opening of an exhibition of her recent work donated to support the Charleston Centenary Project. She was actively engaged in writing her autobiography at that time.

Angelica Garnett was an extraordinary woman who remains an inspiration.

An obituary for Angelica Garnett, written by Frances Spalding and published in the Guardian, can be seen here.

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