Interior designer Kathryn Rayward explores the hidden art in the public collection at Charleston in a programme inspired by Your Paintings, a major new arts initiative from the BBC.
Kathryn finds out more about the Bloomsbury set and uncovers a long hidden painting of a lady in a red dress which sheds light on the tangled lives of Virginia Woolf, Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant - a ground breaking novelist, an eccentric painter and her gay lover.
She follows the trail of Bloomsbury’s artistic legacy to Brighton Museum and Art Gallery to unearth more hidden art, visits the stunning murals at Berwick church and goes behind the scenes at Towner in Eastbourne.
Noel Coward's painting of Dover
Between 1945 and 1951 Noel Coward owned White Cliffs, one of four houses on the beach at St Margaret's Bay.BBC Kent: Your Paintings: Noel Coward's painting of Dover
The house was damaged by British and Canadian troops as they trained for D-Day and restored by Coward soon after he bought it.
It was during his time at White Cliffs that Coward discovered painting.
In 1951, as the coast became more popular with visitors, he sold the property to his friend Ian Fleming and moved inland to Aldington.
Noel Coward's painting, White Cliffs, is on display in St Margaret's visitors centre.
Image: Noel Coward, 1899 - 1973, White Cliffs, Dover, Kent. Copyright NC Aventales AG. Dover Collections.
- Kathryn Rayward