Fedden, Mary (2 of 7).  National Life Stories: Artists' Lives

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  • Recording date

    2004-11-08, 2005-04-11

  • Recording locations

    Interviewee's home, London

  • Interviewees

    Fedden, Mary, 1915-2012 (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Courtney, Cathy, 1954- (speaker, female)

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    Part 2: Tape 1: Side B: Comments MY was inspirational and encouraging. MF went to Bristol Art Gallery as child; comments on Victorian paintings there. Description of childhood books and poems; anecdote about classmate Winsome Butler. Description of MF’s younger brother, Patrick; mentions sisters Nancy [N] and Betty [B]. Description of nanny Orchard; new nanny, Violet, from mining family in Somerset; anecdote about doing the Charleston; mentions cook and housemaid. Description of nursery pictures and toys; mentions embroidered doll. Description of afternoon walks across Durdam Downs (sp?) to Avon Gorge; anecdote about World War one ending; uncle in Navy fought in World War One, survived; mentions parents were Conservatives. Description of MF’s father; father’s brother Roy Fedden, aircraft designer, knighted; paternal grandparents lived in country house Fern Hill in Henbury, village outside Bristol; father was tennis Blue at Cambridge; anecdote about tennis courts. Father schooled at Clifton College; Mary and Henry Fedden, MF’s paternal grandparents. Description of Robin Fedden [RF], first cousin, son of Romilly Fedden. RF ran National Trust; RF’s daughter, Frances MF’s god-daughter; Robin a friend of Julian [Trevelyan] at Cambridge. Father in family sugar broking business; mentions possible slavery connection. Father read engineering at Cambridge; father’s business called Henry Fedden & Co; description of visiting family office; mentions brown sugar samples; mentions Mr Shillam, father’s business partner, and office boy. MF’s father, Harry Vincent Fedden. Description of dancing in the summer. Lived in Westbury, Bristol; moved to Stoke Bishop, Bristol; description of local children and games; mentions early best friend Molly King.

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