BELL, Vanessa[WOOLF, Virginia] BELL, Vanessa. Original gouache painting for the dust jacket design for Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway, 8 x 5... 1925. Framed and glazed. A preliminary design for the dust jacket, with the basic design more or less determined, but appearing as a rectilinear silhouette of a crowned head. Before the final published version was printed, Bell rendered the design softer, more rounded and abstract, and brighter with the addition of the color yellow. The published version is also printed in black, rather than in black and brown, with yellow accents surrounding the central design, and with a bouquet of yellow flowers in the lower portion of the design where the artist eventually added her initials (not present here). Provenance: on the back of the frame is the label of Anthony d’Offay, 9 Dering Street, New Bond Street, London. The present design was included in d’Offay’s exhibition entitled Vanessa Bell: Paintings and Drawings, 20 November to 12 December 1973, where it is listed as number 19.(more)
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