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Vanessa Bell @ Charleston in Lewes

19 May 2024 - 26 May 2024

The Famous Women Dinner Service is a collection of 50 hand-decorated plates by Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, celebrating famous women throughout history.

The portraits, subdivided into Women of Letters, Queens, Beauties, Dancers and Actresses – include George Eliot, Charlotte Brontë, 10th-century Japanese poet Murasaki and Elizabeth Barrett Browning (pictured with her spaniel Flush); the Queen of Sheba and Elizabeth I; Dante’s Beatrice and the pre-Raphaelite Elizabeth Siddal; Greta Garbo and Ellen Terry. Many of these women lead complex and scrutinised lives, resisting marriage in favour of unconventional domestic arrangements and individual freedom.


19 May 2024
26 May 2024
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Charleston in Lewes