Agar, Eileen. (1 of 8). National Life Story Collection: Artists' Lives
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1990-04-18 and 1990-05-08 and 1990-06-01 and 1990-08-08
Interviewee's home, United Kingdom
Agar, Eileen, 1899-1991 (speaker, female)
Courtney, Cathy, 1954-, (speaker, female)
Part 1. 18.04.1990 Father a Scottish business man in Argentina had offices in New York, Buenos Aires and London. Visits to England as a child, staying at Hyde Park Hotel. Mother had a French maid, other staff were Spanish. In Argentina until five. Had a severe English nanny, and later a French governess. Mother insisted all children should have French as a second language. Mother strict, loved children. Eileen Agar (EA) rebellious from an early age. Godmother, Mita. Parents not religious. EA not religious but very excited by Cathedrals as creations of man. Both EA's sisters died. Had nightmares as a child. Always thought she was different from other people. Always drawing and painting. Youngest sister had 2 books published. Typical day as a child aged four; walks and rides. Home in Argentina so full of English people that it was known as Hurlingham. Description of Nancy Cunard, who horrified her mother by sleeping with a black man. Much wealth in Buenos Aires. Loved picture books by Dulac and Rackham. Used to copy illustrations. Parents friends of Kipling.
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