Drew, Joanna. (4 of 50). National Life Story Collection: Artists' Lives

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    2002-03-18 and 2002-04-05 and 2002-05-02 and 2002-05-23 and 2002-06-28 and 2002-07-11 and 2002-08-15 and 2002-08-29 and 2002-10-03 and 2002-10-17 and 2002-07-11

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    Drew, Joanna 1929-2003 (female)

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    O'Ryan, Lydia (female)

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    Part 4. Joanna Drew [JD] recalls father's death which she did not witness; returned from abroad for funeral; mentions shock of mother's death at which present. Anecdote relating to mother's heart condition. Details of mother's early life; educated Wycombe Abbey, taught painting by Mary Hogarth; returned to India where married Major Drew. JD describes parents' life on return to England 1938, including father's posting to Edinburgh and mother's attendance at Edinburgh College of Art and later work in munitions factory when husband posted to Salisbury Plain. Further details of father's posting as Chief Administrator of Eritrea 1946 - 1951 and mother's painting of African landscape. Describes mother's character; JD's home life began on father's retirement when JD got job at the Arts Council [AC] 1952. Refers to mother's return visits to South Africa following death of husband; JD comments on ambivalent status of practising artists. Mother taught by William Gillies and Johnny Maxwell at Edinburgh College of Art. Comments on mother's membership of Women's International Art Club, also non membership of Prunella Clough and mother succeeding Mary Fedden as Chairman. Comments on decline of mixed exhibiting societies by 1960s. Mentions article written for Whitechapel Centenary Exhibition Catalogue 2001. Refers to mother's purchase of painting by Johnny Maxwell. Detailed description of three paintings by JD's mother, including reference to influence of painted rock shelters in Eritrea.

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