Duncan Grant: A Biography by Frances Spalding

by Frances Spalding

  • Artist: Duncan Grant
  • Published: 1997
  • Publisher: Chatto & Windus Ltd, London
  • Format: Hardback
  • Height: 24cm
  • Pages: 570
  • Illustrations: Illustrated throughout in black and white and colour


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Duncan Grant: A Biography by Frances Spalding

This authorative biography combines Frances Spalding's meticulous research and intimate knoweldge of the artist's works to make an engrossing narrative with an invaluable assessment of Grant's individual achievement and his place within Bloomsbury and in the wider development of British Art.
This out of print biography on Duncan Grant is in excellent condition and includes a selected bibliography.

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Authors Biography

Frances Spalding is an art historian, critic and biographer. She read art history at the University of Nottingham and began writing journalism and books while still a post-graduate. In the late 1970s and 1980s she wrote extensively on twentieth-century British art, at the same time developing an interest in biography. Her reputation was established with Roger Fry: Art and Life in 1980 and she went on to write lives of the artists Vanessa Bell, John Minton, Duncan Grant and Gwen Raverat, as well as a biography of the poet Stevie Smith. Her survey history, British Art since 1900, in the Thames & Hudson World of Art series has been much used in schools, colleges and universities, and in the mid-1990s she was commissioned by Tate to write a centenary history of this national institution. In 2000 she joined Newcastle University where she is now Professor of Art History. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art and in 2005 was made a Companion of the British Empire for Services to Literature.

Artists Biography

Duncan Grant (1885-1978)

Born in Scotland, Duncan Grant spent much of his childhood in India and Burma, where his father was a major in the army.

Showing little interest in academic studies, Duncan Grant embraced art studying under Jacques-Emile Blanche in Paris and later at the Slade School of Art. In 1905 he, along with Virgina Woolf and several other friends began meeting to discuss artistic and literary ideas, which became known as the Bloomsbury Group, later joining fellow members Roger Fry and Vanessa Bell to form the Omega Workshops in 1913.

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