Please note that the service is not currently on display
In 2018, we hosted the first museum display of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant’s Famous Women Dinner Service, after a successful campaign to acquire the service and bring it home to Charleston.
After it was created for Kenneth Clarke in 1932, the service disappeared from public view and their whereabouts were unknown until very recently. The plates were created by Bell and Grant when they lived at Charleston, and each depicts one famous woman, featuring figures as various as the Queen of Sheba, Sappho, Nell Gwynn, Emily Brontë and Elizabeth I.
More about the Famous Women Dinner Service:
The Famous Women Dinner Service: A Critical Introduction and Catalogue by Dr Hana Leaper, one of the first scholars to work on the Angelica Garnett Gift at Charleston
Banner Image Credit: Famous Women Dinner Service, courtesy of Piano Nobile (Robert Travers Works of Art Limited).
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