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Drawing - Dancing couple
  • Dancing couple
    Bell, Vanessa, born 1879 - died 1961
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Dancing couple

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1913 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bell, Vanessa, born 1879 - died 1961 (artist)
    Grant, Duncan, born 1885 - died 1978 (artist)
    Lewis, Wyndham, born 1882 - died 1957 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bodycolour and oil on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss Margery Fry, J.P.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB2A, shelf DR76, box LOANS

Physical description

Abstract design representing a couple dancing. Background is brown, she wears a yellow dress, he wears a blue outfit. It is squared in chalk for enlargement. On the back is a ruled pencil drawing of panelling.

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1913 (made)


Bell, Vanessa, born 1879 - died 1961 (artist)
Grant, Duncan, born 1885 - died 1978 (artist)
Lewis, Wyndham, born 1882 - died 1957 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Bodycolour and oil on paper


Height: 91 mm image, Width: 240 mm image, Height: 410 mm mount, Width: 530 mm mount, Height: 415 mm frame, Width: 535 mm frame, Depth: 25 mm frame

Object history note

Produced for the Omega Workshops Ltd., ca. 1913. Mr Duncan Grant states that this design was one of two panels painted in oil and placed on either side of a window as shop signs on the first floor. One was painted by Wyndham Lewis, the other by himself, but he could not state certainly which was his work. The work was reattributed to Vanessa Bell by Richard Shone, Tate exhibition catalagoue, 1999.

Descriptive line

Vanessa Bell (probably, may be Duncan Grant). Dancing couple in bodycolour and oil on paper, ca. 1913.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Gerrish Nunn, Pamela, From Victorian to Modern. Innovation and Tradition in the work of Vanessa Bell, Gwen John & Laura Knight London : Philip Wilson Publishers, 2006. 111 p. : col. ill., ISBN: 1900809419.
Conversation Anglaise le Groupe de Bloomsbury Paris: Gallimard, 2009. ISBN: 9782070127306.



Subjects depicted



Dance; Drawings; Women's clothes; Entertainment & Leisure; Evening wear; Dance


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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