And although they were not twins, both their names started with the same letter. It is not known why their parents made this decision, was it superstition, an accident, or maybe just laziness –  typical of middle-class Londoners with artistic connections? As if things were not complicated enough, it should also be mentioned that the sisters had lots and lots of siblings and step-siblings, albeit with names starting with less distinctive letters. We will probably never know the truth, but whatever was the case, Vanessa and Virginia both grew up at 22 Hyde Park Gate. Vanessa married Mr Bell and went on to become one of the most important British painters of the past century. She was also, among other things, an open relationship enthusiast. Virginia, in turn, married Mr Woolf. She suffered from bipolar affective disorder, she became a writer, she fell in forbidden love, and in an act of desperation, she threw herself into the swirling current of a river, her pockets filled with rocks…
There were once two sisters, Vanessa and Virginia. And this is their story.

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