Study of St. Paul’s Cathedral | Duncan Grant
Spend two days in the capital immersed in all things Bloomsbury. This specially tailored private tour includes privileged access to Bloomsbury collections & archives, private dining and lectures by leading Bloomsbury academics.
(Participants will need to make their own way to London to meet each morning. Accommodation is not included, but a list of recommended hotels is available. All other costs are included in the ticket price.)
BLOOMSBURY REVISITED PROGRAMME
Thursday 22 November
Visit to 49, Glebe Place, Chelsea, to visit the former studio of Edward Le Bas, now the home to his Great Nephew, Richard Burrows. Edward Le Bas was a great friend of Duncan Grant, and an artist himself. You can find pieces of his work in the House today. He was also a great collector, and there are many exquisite pieces of art in the studio. Glebe Place is of importance in its own right, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
Lunch at the Charlotte Street hotel. The Charlotte Street hotel, designed by leading interior designer Kit Kemp, uses a Bloomsbury theme throughout, and features a beautiful collection of work from the period, including some by Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant. The party will take lunch in the ‘Vanessa Bell’ private dining room.
The menu has been created by Head Chef Brad Johnns, inspired by authentic recipes which the Bloomsbury Group would have enjoyed at teatime, based on ‘The Bloomsbury Cookbook – Recipes for Life, Love and Art[‘, by Jans Ondaatje Rolls.
If you would like to, please bring a favourite piece of writing to share with the group, on the theme of the Bloomsbury Group in London.
3.30 – 5pm
Private visit to the Tate archives to look at their incredible collection of Bloomsbury related archives, including fascinating letters, photographs and other important documents left to the Tate by Roger Fry. The group will have a tour of the Tate stores, with selected material on show, and time in the reading room with a member of the Curatorial team on hand to answer our questions.
5pm – 6pm
The group is free to break for a light supper or spend more time in the Tate (the major exhibition will be Edward Burne-Jones and Annie Albers). Reconvene at 6pm.
Visit to a Notting Hill private collection of Bloomsbury Art with a talk by leading Bloomsbury academic and author, and curator of the 2014 National Portrait Gallery Virginia Woolf exhibition, Professor Frances Spalding.
Friday 23 November
‘In the Footsteps of Virginia Woolf’, a walking tour of Bloomsbury.
12.30 – 2pm
Cocktails and sharing plates at the sumptuous Fitz’s Bar, at the Principal Hotel on Russell Square. The cocktail menu pays tribute to Bloomsbury’s free spirits, and the Orlando Daquiri cocktail will be a perfectly refreshing treat to follow our walk. Head of Collections, Research and Exhibitions at Charleston will give a talk about the Bloomsbury Group in London.
We are hoping to end the trip with a visit to the state of the art storage facilities of another major London gallery, to look at their extensive collection of Bloomsbury & Omega art and furniture.
Participants will be informed of details to this last event as they are confirmed.