Virginia Woolf and her brother Adrian at Talland House in St. Ives in 1886
Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf at Monk’s House in 1933
Leonard and Virginia Woolf at Monk’s House in 1926
In June of 1897, Queen Victoria celebrated her Diamond Jubilee with a large procession throughout London. According to a recent article in the Guardian, fifteen-year-old Virginia Woolf attended the procession with her family and wrote about the experience in her diary:
“Troop after troop – one brilliant colour after another … The Queen smiled and nodded her poor tired head.”
I’ve never been seduced by the myth of the Bloomsbury Group, which remains an obsession in British culture.