From The Charleston Bulletin Supplements, dictated by Virginia Woolf to her nephew Quentin Bell when he was a child. Between 1923 and 1927, Bell and his brother Julian hand-produced a “newspaper” for and about their relatives and visitors to their home in East Sussex, England. Woolf’s contributions, referred to within the family as “supplements,” are being published this month for the first time by the British Library.
In the beginning of January the Bell family decided that the climatic conditions of London were unfavourable to their art. Mrs. Bell, by advertising in Exchange & Mart, discovered a land where there is no conversation, no society, no literature; where the inhabitants are dumb; where the sun always shines from the North; + the old + clear light untainted by intellect + undisturbed by passion which is necessary for the composition of still lives, perpetually prevails. So she packed 87 boxes of canvas + oil paint, let her house to half a dozen coloured gentry of dubious morality + set off one fine winter’s day, for Cassis.