'By coincidence it was only two days before seeing this exhibition that I encountered Barbara Bagenal in The Rye Art Gallery. She told me she’d help to print, on a kitchen table, the second publication of The Hogarth Press, Katherine Mansfield’s The Prelude. Leonard Woolf had turned his back when he’d slipped her half a crown, her wages. An anecdote, surely, to set a sense of the courage of the shoe-string endeavour and cultured distaste for the purely financial part of the enterprise'.
from Oswell Blakeston, ‘Richard Kennedy A Boy at the Hogarth Press’ Arts Review 29/1/72
'We had Barbara here for 3 days, with distastrous results, for when we looked at her work, it was so full of faults we had to take it down. I should have expected, not much intelligence, but the quickness & accuracy of a good needlewoman. This was annoying' (Virginia Woolf, Diary 1:83).