Ive always been in love with this famous photograph of Julia Stephen (1846–1895), a renowned beauty in her day according to Wikipedia (I can see why) and mother of Virginia Stephen who would later become better known as Virginia Woolf. The photograph was taken by the celebrated Victorian photography pioneer (all the more so since she was a woman) Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879).

Ive always been in love with this famous photograph of Julia Stephen (1846–1895), a renowned beauty in her day according to Wikipedia (I can see why) and mother of Virginia Stephen who would later become better known as Virginia Woolf. The photograph was taken by the celebrated Victorian photography pioneer (all the more so since she was a woman) Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879).

'Vanessa Bell', c.1960 by Duncan Grant. The last portrait Duncan painted of Vanessa. After her death in 1961, Grant wrote to his friend Raymond Mortimer: "It's a very good thing I have such a long period of happiness to look back to, but I dread the emptiness ahead."

'Vanessa Bell', c.1960 by Duncan Grant. The last portrait Duncan painted of Vanessa. After her death in 1961, Grant wrote to his friend Raymond Mortimer: "It's a very good thing I have such a long period of happiness to look back to, but I dread the emptiness ahead."

Duncan Grant in Charleston dining room 1964 eating from a dinner service designed by him for Clarice Cliff in 1934.

Duncan Grant in Charleston dining room 1964 eating from a dinner service designed by him for Clarice Cliff in 1934.

The wild and life-embracing artist Nina Hamnett -- painted here by Roger Fry in 1917 -- was the focus of one of my favorite chapters in Found Meals.

The wild and life-embracing artist Nina Hamnett -- painted here by Roger Fry in 1917 -- was the focus of one of my favorite chapters in Found Meals.

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