Charleston Farmhouse 1981
A Photographic Recollection of the Home of the Bloomsbury in Sussex
- Hardback (BB)
- 30 Jun 2016
After Duncan Grant died in 1978, Charleston Farmhouse in Sussex lost the last of its original Bloomsbury Group residents. The house’s fate remained unclear for several years with its contents remaining undisturbed and unaltered. While funds were being sought for its restoration, Kim Marsland (an art student) made two visits to take notes and photographs for an essay on the Bloomsbury Group. Her unique record of Charleston shows the house just as Grant left it—cluttered with years of painting, collecting and family life. These twenty-six photographs capture the atmosphere of a house full of memories and artistic importance. They also show Charleston before its restoration, allowing the reader a peek into a lost past. Some pictures will be familiar to lovers of Charleston Farmhouse, but others (such as the ones of the garden) less so. This beautifully produced book of previously unseen photographs is the perfect keepsake for Bloomsbury Group aficionados.
Kim Marsland is an artist, illustrator and lecturer. She graduated from the Royal College of Art (where she was taught by Quentin Blake on the Illustration MA course) and went on the exhibit her paintings internationally as well as produce illustrations for numerous publications and companies such as Penguin, The Times, Chatto & Windus and Bloomsbury. She was a senior lecturer in Illustration at the Kent Institute of Art & Design as well as a visiting lecturer at St Martins, City & Guilds and Cambridge College of Art.