Clement-Jones family 12/22 - Person Sheet
Clement-Jones family 12/22 - Person Sheet
NameAngelica Vanessa BELL, 10806
FatherDuncan James Corrowr GRANT , 10819 (1885-1978)
MotherVanessa STEPHEN , 7836 (1879-1961)
FatherEdward William GARNETT , 10812 (1868-1937)
MotherConstance Clara BLACK , 10814 (1861-1946)
ChildrenAmaryllis , 10808
 Henrietta , 10809 (1945-)
 Frances , 10810
 Nerissa Stephen , 10811
Notes for Angelica Vanessa BELL
Angelica Vanessa Garnett, née Bell (25 December 1918 – 4 May 2012), was a British writer

Early life

Angelica Garnett was the daughter of the painters Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell (sister of Virginia Woolf), and was a member of the Bloomsbury Group.[2] She had two half-brothers, the poet Julian Bell, who was killed during the Spanish Civil War in 1937, and the art historian Quentin Bell.[2]

Her mother's husband, Clive Bell, was not her biological father, but was fully supportive of his wife's love affair with Grant, and willingly allowed Angelica to bear his name and to regard him as her father in order that his conservative family would not disinherit her. She was not told of her true parentage until she was 17,[1] although she had grown up living with Grant and her mother at Charleston Farmhouse in Sussex, England, which her mother had rented and shared with other members of the Bloomsbury Group. The farmhouse is now a museum.[2]

Angelica Garnett spent the last 30 years of her life in Forcalquier in the South of France. She died in Aix-en-Provence on 4 May 2012.

Personal life

In 1942 she married David Garnett, a former lover of her biological father, Duncan Grant, although she did not know this for some time. They separated in 1967. They had four daughters: Amaryllis Virginia Garnett (1943–1973), an actress, Henrietta Garnett, a writer and custodian of the family legacy (b. 1945), and the twins Nerissa Stephen Garnett (1946–2004), called Nel, a painter, photographer and ceramics artist, and Frances Garnett, called Fanny (b. 1946).[2]


Angelica Garnett was the author of a memoir, Deceived with Kindness, which focuses on her relationship with both of her biological parents. Its somewhat bitter view of both Bell and Grant has proved controversial.[5] The memoir was awarded the J. R. Ackerley Prize for Autobiography in 1985.[6]
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