I love that Virginia Woolf got her older sister Vanessa Bell, a post - impressionist painter, to illustrate her book covers. They were apparently very close with Vanessa once quoted as saying that after the death of their mother, she and her sister "formed together a close conspiracy", and of course they later became a pivotal part of the Bloomsbury Group. In fact, although Virginia was possibly the more famous of the two sisters, it was Vanessa who along with her brother Thoby created the Bloomsbury Group. Vanessa had a "Friday Club" where she would meet with and entertain her artist friends, and Thoby had his "Thursday Evenings" for his writer friends and so by merging these two evenings together the Bloomsbury Group was born.
I have collected together a few of my favourite Vanessa Bell covers for her sister's books along with two photos of Vanessa and one of the two sisters together playing cricket.