Roger Fry painting breaks world record

Why this painting by a member of the Bloomsbury Group broke a world record at Auction...

Roger Fry painting breaks world record
Vanessa Bell cutting the hair of Lytton Strachey while Roger Fry, Clive Bell and Duncan Grant look on.
Vanessa Bell cutting the hair of Lytton Strachey while Roger Fry, Clive Bell and Duncan Grant look on. Granger Historical Picture Archive/Alamy Stock Photo.

In the first Bonhams sale attended by members of the public after the relaxation
of lockdown restrictions, paintings by members of the celebrated Bloomsbury Group caused quite a stir. This famed group of artists, writers and academics – who, according to satirist Dorothy Parker, ‘lived in squares, painted in circles, and loved in triangles’ – took its name from the area in London where they lived and socialised, but is more often associated with Charleston Farmhouse in East Sussex, home of Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell. This painting, a c1911 portrait of the novelist EM Forster by fellow group member Roger Fry, sold for £325,062, trumping its meagre estimate of £30,000-£50,000 and setting a new world record for an artwork by Fry at auction.

For more information on the sale, visit bonhams.com.

Roger Fry (British, 1866-1934) Portrait of E.M. Forster
Roger Fry (British, 1866-1934) Portrait of E.M. Forster
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