— But you will be ready to say, what was your hope in doing this? — What did you look forward to? — To any thing, every thing — to time, chance, circumstances, slow effects, sudden bursts, perserverance and weariness ... Every possibility of good was before me, and the first of blessings secured ... — from Emma, by Jane Austen (1775-1817)
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February 22, 2013

Found in the stacks




Yesterday at lunchtime I went to the college library (best job perk ever) in search of a particular book, but as I wandered through the stacks I was mysteriously lured into a long row of  20th century British literature (and books thereon).  And I found this!  A Bloomsbury Canvas, a book of works by and short essays on the artists of the Bloomsbury Group.  The book was assembled by Tony Bradshaw of the Bloomsbury Workshop, a bookstore and art gallery near the British Museum.  I've been there, on my one and only trip to London.

I don't know very much about the Bloomsbury artists' art, but I've always been drawn to it, and I'm looking forward to spending time with this book while it snows on Sunday (again).  On her lovely blog this morning, Joan asked where we would celebrate the promise of spring this weekend, and this will be where I do. :)

{painting by Roger Fry and textile design by Vanessa Bell, from A Bloomsbury Canvas}

4 comments:

Claire (The Captive Reader) said...

Wonderful find! The artists of the Bloomsbury Group have always interested me more than the writers.

elizabeth said...

How wonderful! I just discovered my college library's collection of 20th century British literature, and I was so excited.

JoAnn said...

Great find, and definitely the best job perk ever! The Bloomsbury Group has always seemed so fascinating to me, yet I know very little about them. Enjoy the weekend.

Vintage Reading said...

I like the muted colours in that first picture particularly. Makes you think that spring is on its way!

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