Fedden, Mary (5 of 7).  National Life Stories: Artists' Lives

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    2004-11-08, 2005-04-11

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    Interviewee's home, London

  • Interviewees

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

  • Interviewers

    Courtney, Cathy, 1954- (speaker, female)

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    Part 5: Tape 3: Side B: Description of student life at Slade School of Art; lots of parties, but no sex. Mother hadn’t told her about sex; thinks she found out about sex through conversation. Comments on marriage and children; mentions believing in love, not wanting to rush marriage; didn’t want children; had to make choice between painting and children; mentions friends who had no time to paint with children. JT had son [Phillip] by first wife [Ursula]; MF remarks JT was devoted but impatient as a father. Descriptions of exhibitions and galleries in London; anecdote about getting a show at the Redfern Gallery about 1951; Rex Nan Kivell [RN] and Harry Tatlock Miller [HTM] ran the gallery; remarks how nice they were to her; switched galleries later because RN and HTM suggested a change and showed in Bath and Oxford. Mentions she only shows with people who she gets on with. Discussion of money and business end of showing; rented studio and flat with JT; JT’s father (a poet) sold his Corot[?] to help JT and MF buy the flat. Anecdote about recent show in the Redfern Gallery of MF’s paintings; didn’t remember painting some of the pictures in the show; discussion about recognizing one’s own work; anecdote about man buying a fake MF painting. Description of returning to Bristol after Slade; mentions disliking it and missed London; painted portraits and taught at art school in Bristol to earn money. Comments on painting figures and types of paints she uses. Description of

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