Agar, Eileen (3 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

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    Interviewee's home, United Kingdom

  • Interviewees

    Agar, Eileen, 1899-1991 (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Courtney, Cathy, 1954-, (speaker, female)

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    Part 3. Met Kipling age ten. Art Schooling - Byam Shaw during WW1. Met Blair Hughes-Stanton and Gertrude Hermes at Underwood's enjoyed it stayed two years. Encouraged to go to the National Gallery and copy works but EA preferred drawing from models. Not much art history taught at Underwood's . At Slade learnt how to stretch canvas; very academic training, not allowed to free draw. Male and female students segregated for life class. Most men thought women would get married and have children and forget about art. EA decided never to have children because it would interfere with her art and doesn't regret her decision. Description of flat. Mantelpiece and collage. Clock and table built by architect friend, Rodney Thomas involved in Festival of Britain. EA didn't want to be known as a painter with wealthy parents, wanted to stand on own. Took tiny studio in Kensington, board and lodging near by. Left home, mother very upset. EA wanted to be free to be a painter. Joy of first sale; sold a drawing, first thing she had shown.

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    Eileen Agar interviewed by Cathy Courtney: full transcript of the interview

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