Fry, Anthony. (3 of 32). National Life Story Collection: Artists' Lives

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    Fry, Anthony (speaker, male)

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    Courtney, Cathy (speaker, female)

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    Part 3. Anthony Fry [AF] wanted to go to boarding school. Loved books but didn’t read well until 7. Pre-school usually with eldest sister and friends, rarely solitary. Chemistry experiments with friend, now hospital consultant. Downs School, Headmaster, Geoffrey Hoyland, young talented staff included Auden, who taught AF English, details. Art teaching. Willi Soukop taught sculpture. AF happy at school but had asthma, sent to Pilgrims, school in Seaford, Sussex, evacuated to Waldergrave family house during war. Art teaching at Pilgrims limited. AF unhappy there, details. Still has friends from Downs (including Patrick George). Sent to Bryanston aged 13. AF already interested in painting, father thought art would be well taught at Bryanston. AF hopeless at sport. Sculpture taught by Donald Potter, former pupil of Eric Gill. Art education and AF’s work, using oil paint. Exhibitions in holidays; saw Francis Bacon’s work approx 1942; saw Matisse, including The Red Studio, at Redfern Gallery during War; Courbet; Leicester Galleries. Duncan Grant [DG] recommended Edinburgh Art School and then Camberwell when he hated Edinburgh. DG’s paintings. Details of first meeting with DG and his help. AF’s paintings at this stage, influence of Courbet. Visit to Charleston. AF’s response to Bacon’s paintings in the 1940s.

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