Vanessa Bell, 1879-1961

‘The Last Minute Posters’ by Vanessa Bell, PRD.112, 1935, POST 110/2489

Vanessa Bell was a painter and designer, the sister of the writer Virginia Woolf and wife of art critic Clive Bell. A member of the celebrated cultural set, the Bloomsbury Group, during her lifetime she was exhibited in London and Paris.

Her artwork for a General Post Office poster ‘The Last Minute’ for which she received 50 guineas was rejected as not conveying: ‘the message which the Post Office wishes to convey on the subject of Early Posting’.