“Bathing” by Duncan Grant 1910
THE BLOOMSBURY GROUP LIAISONS
Virginia Stephen Woolf was proposed to by Lytton Strachey but married Leonard Woolf. Lytton Strachey then lived with Dora Carrington who married Ralph Partridge in order satisfy Lytton Strachey . Dore Carrington killed herself two months after Lytton died. Ralph then married Francis Partridge, a journalist who documented the Bloomsbury Group.
Duncan Grant married Venessa Bell, Virgina Woolf’s sister, but he made love to Lytton Strachey and John Maynard Keynes (who also slept with Lytton), but Duncan Grant loved David Garnett (known as “Bunny”), the British writer, and Paul Roche, poet.
EM Forster’s 50-year relationship with the policeman Bob Buckingham, whom Forster described, in a letter to Dora Carrington, as “very charming and attractive to look at & ‘easy to get on with’, as they say” seems to have been the most stable.
The ethos of the Bloomsbury group encouraged a liberal approach to sexuality, and in 1922 Virginia Woolf met the writer and gardener Vita Sackville-West, wife of Harold Nicolson. After a tentative start, they began a sexual relationship, which, according to Sackville- West, was only twice consummated.
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