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Vanessa Bell

  • You ask what kind of letters I like. What can I say but one thing? Of course what I really like is flattery and affection ...

    • Vanessa Bell,
    • to her sister Virginia Stephen (1908), in Regina Marler, ed., Selected Letters of Vanessa Bell ()
  • I like love-letters. The more passion you put in the better, Billy. Soon you will know just how to suit my taste in letters. I am greedy for compliments and passion.

    • Vanessa Bell,
    • 1908, in Regina Marler, ed., Selected Letters of Vanessa Bell ()
  • The fact is that one hasn't had a moment to oneself during domestic life in the country. Nature is too much for me altogether, either in the shape of weeds or children, and fills up all one's spare time.

    • Vanessa Bell,
    • to Roger Fry (1925), in Regina Marler, ed., Selected Letters of Vanessa Bell ()
  • Oh Julian, I can never express what happiness you've given me in my life. I often wonder how such luck has fallen my way. Just having children seemed such incredible delight, but that they should care for me as you make me feel you do, is something beyond all dreaming of — or even wanting. I never expected it or hoped for it, for it seemed enough to care so much oneself.

    • Vanessa Bell,
    • to Julian Bell (1935), in Regina Marler, ed., Selected Letters of Vanessa Bell ()

Vanessa Bell, English painter, interior designer

(1879 - 1961)

Full name: Vanessa Stephen Bell. She and Virginia Woolf were sisters.