Quentin BellAugust 19, 1910–December 16, 1996British author, artist, critic, and biographer
Quentin Bell August 19, 1910–December 16, 1996 British author, artist, critic, and biographer
Bell is best known as the biographer of his aunt, Virginia Woolf. The son of Woolf's older sister, Vanessa Bell, and Clive Bell, his childhood was influenced by the writers and artists who made up the Bloomsbury Group, including Woolf., E. M. Forster, Lytton Strachey, Roger Fry, Duncan Grant, and Vita Sackville-West. Upon its publication in 1972, Bell's Virginia Woolf: A Biography became a definitive source among Woolf scholars and established Bell as a careful, fair-minded writer. As was the case with the other Bloomsbury personalities, Bell was accomplished in a number of fields. In addition to nonfiction writing, which included studies of fashion, art, and design, Bell wrote a novel, The Brandon Papers (1985), and a memoir, Bloomsbury Recalled (1996). Bell was a lecturer in art education at King's College and professor of fine art at Oxford and the University of Leeds, and also served as chair of history and theory of art at the University of Sussex.