In fact, the collection of mostly budey sexual encounters was passed from lover to lover, friend to friend, in secret. The BBC is running a special season titled MuseumPassion across television, radio and digital from October, celebrating museums, their role in society and what the future holds for them as they reopen from Covid lockdown.
The works on paper are "a revelation", Dr Clarke said. Grant was born inseven months before an act was passed in Parliament that criminalised all male homosexual sex in England. Grant was a household name in Britain between the wars, as famous for his portraits as his landscapes. But among his many male lovers were the economist John Maynard Keynes and the historian Lytton Strachey - who was also his cousin.
And where did he keep them? Related Topics. But it does hope the collection will encourage donations when it finx a crowdfunding campaign with The Art Fund next week to raise money to help it reopen - and put these private drawings on public display for the first time. A member of the Bloomsbury group of artists, writers and thinkers, he had with Vanessa Bell, the sister of writer Virginia Woolf.
d by DACS image captionThe works have been given to Charleston, Grant's former home and studio He would occasionally "haul them out" to show to friends. Ten years later it would be used to convict Oscar Wilde.
They depict "every conceivable act of couples This is what he was interested in. About sharing media captionA massive haul of drawings by Bloomsbury Group artist Duncan Grant is finally made public Hundreds of explicit drawings by Duncan Grant, one of Britain's most famous midth Century painters, have been found under a bed.
This is his passion. d by DACS image captionThe announcement of the drawings' rediscovery is part of the launch of the BBC MuseumPassion season "All the works were done in the s and s," a time when dind was still illegal, explained Dr Clarke. Duncan Grant had black friends who were models, who were also lovers throughout his life.
In he gave them to his friend and fellow artist Edward Le Bas in a folder marked "These drawings are very private". d ih DACS image captionSelf-portrait, c, Duncan Grant "They need to come out of the closet now and be considered and looked at and thought about," Coates added.