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BLOOMSBURY GROUP

The Bloomsbury Group was an influential group of associated English writers, intellectuals, artists & philosophers. This collective of friends and relatives lived, worked and studied together in Bloomsbury during the second half of the 20th century.

In 1913 they founded the Omega Workshop - a design enterprise offering a wide range of individual products, such as painted furniture, painted murals, mosaics, stained glass, and textiles as well as interior design themes for various living spaces. To ensure items were bought only for the quality of the work, and not the reputation of the artist, works were shown anonymously - marked only with the letter omega.

In Vanessa Bell and Roger Fry’s house, frequent guests of the Bloomsbury Group had their own rooms permanently fitted out and decorated. Taking inspiration from the Bloomsbury Group, all of the Morton Hotel Rooms have been named after some of the groups key members.
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Virginia Woolf

A gifted writer and sister to Vanessa Bell, this well known novelist was one of the foremost modernists of the twentieth century.
Virginia Woolf was a significant figure in London literary society and a central figure in the influential Bloomsbury Group during the interwar period, acting as hostess for a discussion group of writers, poets & artists.

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Roger Fry

Member of the Bloomsbury Group who founded the Omega Workshop in 1913, providing financial support to talented young artists through a range of creative art & interior designs. He was the first figure to raise public awareness of modern art in Britain.

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Lytton Strachey

A founding member of the Bloomsbury Group, the biographer and essayist was also an important figure within the Bloomsbury circle.
‘A writers promise is like a tigers smile.’

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E.M Forster

An English novelist best known for his well-plotted novels examining class differences in the early 20th century British society, Forster became a peripheral member of the Bloomsbury Group in the 1910’s and 1920’s.

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Vanessa Bell

The sister of Virgina Woolf, artist and interior designer Vanessa opened up her Charleston home in the counrty to the Bloomsbury Group intellectuals, which is now open for viewing to the public. The Charleston interior was painted by herself and fellow artist Duncan Grant, both painted and work on commisions for the Omega Workshop.

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Lady Ottoline

With pioneering work as a decorator, colourist and garden designer, this extremely shy socialite with eccentric attire regularly hosted the Bloomsbury Group at her estate, Garsington Manor.

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Duncan Grant

A painter and designer of textiles, pottery and theatre sets and costumes, Duncan Grant became co-director of the Omega Workshop.
He often worked with, and was influenced by, another member of the group, art critic and artist Roger Fry.