Frances Spalding is the Professor of Art History at Newcastle University. She has published fifteen books, including biographies of Roger Fry (1980), Vanessa Bell (1983), Stevie Smith (1988), and Duncan Grant (1997). Her most recent publication is John Piper, Myfanwy Piuper: Lives in Art (2009). In 2010 she delivered the Seymour Biography Lecture. We published this paper, titled ‘The Biographer’s Contract’, in the February 2011 issue.