Martin, Frank (1 of 14). National Life Story Collection: Artists' Lives

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  • Recording date

    1997-08-11 to 1997-08-13

  • Recording locations

    Interviewee's home, East Portlemouth, Devon, United Kingdom

  • Interviewees

    Martin, Frank, 1914-2004 (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Roberts, Melanie (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 1. Frank Martin's (FM) family background in Portsmouth, and his father's career in Royal Navy; his step brother's emigration to Australia. FM's elementary schooling, the school's teaching methods, treatment for FM's left-handedness; FM's art work at school and recognition of his talent by Ethelbert Harvey; his attendance at evening classes in art; early experience in work on restoration of buildings; remarks on sculpture being classified as craft during his training; FM's life in London working as artist's model for Charles Wheeler, William McMillan (including monuments for Trafalgar Square) and Maurice Lambert; recollection of Edwin Lutyens visiting McMillan's studio; FM's admission to Royal Academy (RA) Schools; service as reserve police constable during Second World War, before volunteering for Royal Marines; discussion of history teaching at art schools, and of the carving of war memorials in Portsmouth; remarks on Charles Sergeant Jagger's Royal Artillery Memorial, London.

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    Frank Martin interviewed by Melanie Roberts: full transcript of the interview

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