Posts Tagged ‘Virginia Woolf portraits’

Information about postage stamps featuring Virginia and/or Leonard Woolf recently came across the VWoolf Listserv.

You can view and order the custom-made Virginia and Leonard U.S. postage stamp on the Zazzle website.

And you can find the 2006 UK Virginia Woolf stamp in the collection commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the National Portrait Gallery on the Royal Mail Society website. Virginia is one of 10 notable men and women recognized in the collection. They range from Shakespeare to T.S. Eliot to Darwin to Emmeline Pankhurst.

To find the stamp featuring the iconic George Charles Beresford portrait of Virginia (1902), browse the NPG collection and click on the Woolf stamp.


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We are spotting lots of Woolf sightings these days, many of them due to “Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision,” the exhibit of Woolf portraits at the National Portrait Gallery in London, which opens today.

Curated by Frances Spalding, noted biographer and art historian, the exhibit includes portraits of Woolf by Vanessa Bell and Roger Fry, famous photographs by Beresford and Man Ray, and intimate images depicting Woolf with friends and family.

Media coverage

An article in The Independent, Feminist writer’s friendships: feel the fear and do it anyway,” talks about the way the exhibit “will shine a spotlight on the feminist author’s relationships with other women.” One example the authors cite is the “extraordinary literary collaboration” between Woolf and Katherine Mansfield.

Another, written by Frances Spalding for The Telegraph, focuses on the actual photographs themselves and is titled “The last photograph of Virginia Woolf,” which was taken by Gisèle Freund at 37 Mecklenburgh Square in 1939. In it, Spalding fills in the background of the photo, both literally and figuratively.

On the BBC website, “Virginia Woolf: Her life in pictures” shows and dissects a number of Woolf portraits — from the famous George Beresford 1902 platinum print to the 1939 family photo portrait taken by Gisèle Freund.

The exhibit, the events, the book and the competition

Besides portraits, the exhibit features portraits and rare archival material like letters and diaries that explore her life and achievements.

A full slate of events, from lunchtime lectures to weekend workshops, are also part of the show — and they are too numerous to detail here. But you can find them on the exhibit’s events page.

Those of us who aren’t lucky enough to be in London between July 10 and Oct. 26 may want to get a taste of the exhibit by ordering Spalding’s Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision, which is available online for £20.

And if you’re feeling lucky, enter the NPG’s competition for free exhibition tickets, catalogue and a two-night stay at the Morton Hotel in Russell Square.

Tweet it

If you use Twitter and want to tweet about the exhibit, use the hashtag #NPGWoolf.

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Ilana Simons' Woolf painting as it appears on Flickr

Ilana Simons, sent out an invite to a Jan. 14 gallery opening in Chelsea featuring the work of 11 visual artists and her own stitching series, “Let Me Self Soothe Without Self-Harm.”

I live too far away to attend, but I’m wondering if any Blogging Woolf readers stopped by last Friday. The exhibit included Simons’ most recent painting of Woolf.

Simons has painted Woolf before. On paper plates, in fact. Two Woolf portraits are included in Simons’ collection of 50 portraits of authors on plates, which she created one summer using 99-cent tubs of acrylics.

A literature professor and the author of  A Life of One’s Own: A Guide to Better Living Through the Work and Wisdom of Virginia Woolf (2007), Simons also writes weekly for the Barnes and Noble Unabashedly Bookish blog.

Writing and art are not Simons’ only interests. She is a trained therapist and writes the Literary Mind blog for Psychology Today.  Simons mentions Woolf in some of her posts. “Painting Might Help You Find Flow” and “A Therapist Should be a Good Storyteller” are two I noticed.

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