Glen, Sir Alexander. (1 of 6). National Life Story Collection: Artists' Lives

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    Interviewee's home, Worcestershire, United Kingdom

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    Glen, Sir Alexander, 1912-2004 (speaker, male)

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    Courtney, Cathy, 1954- (speaker, female)

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    Part 1. Description of Alexander Glen's [AG] upbringing in Glasgow; his grandparents and siblings, and his father's earlier life at sea; AG's father's political career as Scottish Unionist, and friendships with James Maxton and David Kirkwood; visits to Gorbals. Description of AG's schooling at Fettes school; his early homes and boyhood friends; remarks on painters Cadell and Peploe, on Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Miss Cranston's tea rooms; AG's entry to shipping industry in 1945; childhood entertainments in Glasgow; friendship with son of Sir Ernest Shackleton; recollections of toys, home life and nanny.

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