Duncan Grant
  The son of a Scottish army officer, he accompanied his parents to India, where he lived until the age of 9. He studied with Jacques-Emile Blanche in Paris in 1906, and later at the Slade School of Art. Moved to 21 Fitzroy Square in 1909 and thereafter became a regular at Virginia and Adrian Stephen's Thursday evening gatherings. Sharing with Roger Fry and Vanessa Bell a commitment to the decorative arts as well as to painting on canvas, he became the co-director of the Omega Workshops in 1913. By all accounts a handsome, kind and charming person, his lovers included Adrian Stephen, Maynard Keynes and David Garnett; he was also courted by his cousin Lytton Strachey. Though his sexual orientation remained homosexual throughout his life, he was the father of Vanessa Bell's daughter Angelica, and lived for many years at Charleston farm with the Bell family.

"He 'got away with things'. Driving our little car along the Strand, its engine stalled. Duncan got out and cranked it up with the starting handle, not without effect: he just managed to leap out of its way and run alongside as it proceeded slowly down the Strand, its doors shut, finally ramming into a majestic Daimler emerging from the Savoy. The innocent victim was naturally enraged. If the culprit had been you or I this is where the story might become unpleasant. Not for Duncan. The injured party at once became his friend; it is said even that it ended with his giving Duncan a commission for a portrait."
— Quentin Bell, from Bloomsbury Recalled (1995)


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