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Humphrey Spender. (13 of 39). National Life Stories Collection: Artists' Lives

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  • Recording date

    1999-20-10 and 1999-12-21 and 2000-03-29 and 2001-10-04 and 2002-01-22 and 2004-05-07

  • Recording locations

    Interviewee's home, Essex and British Library.

  • Interviewees

    Spender, Humphrey, 1910-2005 (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Courtney, Cathy, 1954- (speaker, female)

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    Part 13. Humphrey Spender [HS] comments on the idea of classical beauty. Comments on the effect his eyesight had on his education. Story of how his father would read (Dickens, Tennyson, Wordsworth) to him and his brothers when they were children; HS’s determination not to show emotion. Discussion of William and Ben Nicholson; William’s relationship with Diana Low [DL]; relationship disapproved of by Clissold Tuely; DL’s relationship with Eric Ravilious. Comments on Oliver Lowe, his friendship with John Hayward and Olwyn Crawshay Williams. Remarks on HS’s attitude to pornography. Story of Helen Gibbs’ life; relationship with bomber pilot killed in the war; adoption of her child. Comments on E.Q Nicholson [EN]; HS knew his wife; departure from homosexuality; EN’s designs for Alistair Morton (Edinburgh Weavers). Story of HS moving with Lolly to The Old School House in Sutton Veny (previously the studio of William Nicholson).

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    Humphrey Spender interviewed by Cathy Courtney: full transcript of the interview

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Humphrey Spender. (13 of 39). National Life Stories Collection: Artists' Lives

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