Francesca Wade is the author of ‘Square Haunting: Five Women, Freedom and London Between the Wars’ (Faber). She is working on a book about Gertrude Stein.

Nude Self Portrait (c. 1915; detail), Florine Stettheimer. Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York

The thoroughly modern scenes of Florine Stettheimer

The painter who was at the heart of the New York avant-garde captured the many excitements of the modern age

5 Apr 2022
Clive Bell (detail; c. 1924), Roger Fry. National Portrait Gallery, London

Bloomsbury’s gooseberry? ‘Clive Bell and the Making of Modernism’, reviewed

Clive Bell is now best known as Vanessa’s husband – but a new biography replenishes his role in promoting modernism in Britain

16 Jun 2021
Photograph from 1904/06 of ‘Steamboat ladies’ – women students from Cambridge who were awarded degrees by Trinity College Dublin in the 1900s. Girton College, Cambridge

‘Frustrate the Feminine Fanatics’ – how women overcame their critics at Cambridge University

It is 150 years since women first arrived at Cambridge – and the fight for equality has taken almost as long

18 Oct 2019