Fry, Anthony. (5 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 5. [1 June 1995] Anthony Fry [AF] back from four months in India. Loves extremes of India and London. Knew Peter Lanyon from days at Corsham Court. Patrick George [PG] as a schoolboy; PG’s paintings at this stage. Andrew Forge. Christopher Pinsent. Shared house in Lower Marsh. Maurice Field’s gatherings of ex-pupils; MF’s paintings, including portrait of AF as a schoolboy. MF’s reaction to AF’s exhibitions. Travelled to Brittany , details. Describes self as ‘green, raw, virginal’ on arrival at Edinburgh. Gillis and his paintings. Lodgings and studio in Edinburgh. Details of art school courses. Regimented life. Friendship with rebellious student, David Wallis, details. Gillis and Johnnie Maxwell were AF’s main props at Edinburgh. Further details regime at art school. Life class with Gillis. Used dark oils at Edinburgh. Scottish painters claimed link with Paris School, colourful painting which AF disliked.

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