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Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision - NPG

Exhibition preview

AN EXHIBITION entitled Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision is on display at the National Portrait Gallery until October 26, 2014.

Virginia Woolf (1882 – 1941) was one of the most important and celebrated writers of the twentieth century. Her most famous works include the novels Mrs Dalloway (1925), To the Lighthouse (1927) and Orlando (1928).

This extensive exhibition of portraits and rare archival material will explore her life and achievements as a novelist, intellectual, campaigner and public figure.

Curated by biographer and art historian Frances Spalding, the exhibition includes distinctive portraits of Woolf by her Bloomsbury Group contemporaries, Vanessa Bell and Roger Fry, and photographs by Beresford and Man Ray, as well as intimate images recording her time spent with friends and family.

Woolf’s early life and literary achievements, alongside lesser known aspects of her time in London and political views, are brought into focus through in-depth research and a remarkable array of personal objects including letters, diaries and books.

Accompanying the exhibition is a paperback book, Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision (pictured), by leading authority on the Bloomsbury Group, Frances Spalding. Price: £22.50 – available from the Gallery shops and online.

National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London, WC2H 0HE

Tel: 020 7306 0055