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Gwen Raverat

A granddaughter of Charles Darwin, Gwen Raverat was born into one of the leading intellectual families of late nineteenth century England. She was a talented wood-engraver and illustrator who studied at the Slade School of Art where she met the painter Stanley Spencer and married his friend Jacques Raverat. (Raverat was later to die tragically young from multiple sclerosis.) She was a close friend of such figures as Rupert Brooke, Andr� Gide, and members of the Bloomsbury set, especially Virginia woolf. A larger than life character with a complete lack of vanity, she charmed all who knew her. Her much-loved book Period Piece: A Cambridge Childhood has remained in print for nearly fifty years. In this authorised account of a life rich in creativity and friendship, Frances Spalding has drawn on a mass of unpublished family papers to create a fascinating portrait of Gwen Raverat.
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A fascinating portrait of Darwin's granddaughter, a key figure in the artistic and intellectual worlds of Cambridge and Bloomsbury.

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Frances Spalding is an art historian, critic and biographer. Her books include acclaimed biographies of the painters Roger Fry, Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant, and Stevie Smith. She has written a history of the Tate Gallery and was the editor of Charleston magazine. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art.


"A sympathetic, fastidious and beautifully produced biography...a fascinating portrait of an unusual woman...exquisite" -- Robert McCrum * Observer * "This stylishly produced biography is an objet d'art in its own right, while Spalding's prose adopts the economy of the illustrations: austere, pragmatic and wholly devoid of ostentation" * Guardian * "Moving biography" * Sunday Telegraph * "Fine study of Darwin's grand-daughter and her role in the Bloomsbury movement" * Observer *

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