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Angelica Vanessa Garnett (Bell)

Birthdate: (93)
Death: May 4, 2012 (93)
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Daughter of Duncan James Corrowr Grant and Vanessa Bell
Wife of David Garnett
Mother of Amaryllis Virginia Garnett; <private> Garnett; <private> Garnett; Nerissa Stephen Garnett and Henrietta Partridge
Half sister of Julian Bell and Quentin Bell

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About Angelica Vanessa Garnett

She was the illegitimate daughter of the painters Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell

Angelica Vanessa Garnett (née Bell, born 25 December 1918) is a British writer and painter.


   * 1 Early life
   * 2 Memoir
   * 3 Personal life
   * 4 References
Early life

She was the illegitimate daughter of the painters Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell, niece of Virginia Woolf, and was a member of the Bloomsbury Group.[1] She had two half-brothers, the poet Julian Bell, who was killed during the Spanish Civil War in 1937; and art historian Quentin Bell.[1]

Her mother's husband, Clive Bell, was not her biological father, but was fully supportive of her mother's love affair with Grant, and willingly allowed Angelica to bear his name and to regard him as her father in order that his conservative family not disinherit her. She was not told of her true parentage until she was 17, although she had grown up living with Grant and her mother at Charleston Farmhouse in Sussex/England, which her mother had rented and shared with other members of the Bloomsbury Group. The farmhouse is now a museum.[1] [edit] Memoir

Angelica Garnett is the author of a memoir, Deceived with Kindness, which focuses on her relationship with both of her biological parents. Its somewhat bitter view of both Bell and Grant has proven controversial.[2] The memoir was awarded the J. R. Ackerley Prize for Autobiography in 1985.[3] [edit] Personal life

She married David Garnett, the former lover of her biological father, Duncan Grant, in 1942, but they later separated. They had four daughters: Amaryllis Virginia (1943-1973), an actress; Henrietta Garnett, a writer and custodian of the family legacy (b. 1945); and twins Nerissa Stephen (1946-2004), called Nel, a painter, photographer and ceramics artist; and Frances, called Fanny (also b. 1946).[1] [edit] References

  1. ^ a b c d The Papers of Angelica Garnett (née Bell), King's College, Cambridge.
  2. ^ Malcolm, Janet: Sisters, Lovers, Tarts and Friends, The New York Times, 3 March 1996.
  3. ^ Past J.R. Ackerley Prize winners, English Pen.
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Angelica Vanessa Garnett's Timeline

December 18, 1918
Age 24
November 21, 1946
Age 27
May 4, 2012
Age 93