Drew, Joanna. (5 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 5. Joanna Drew [JD] describes Breytenbach Great Aunts; mentions tant Sannatchi, tant Soof and tant Lettie and respective husbands; includes reference to colonial snobbery. Mentions relative's family gift of embroidery. Reference to friendship with Vincent van Gogh's nephew who bore family resemblance; anecdote about Vincent van Gogh's illegitimate child. Mentions collection of family hand - made lace; describes grandmother's farm in South Africa and water colours by South African artist Pier Nief. Description of JD's mother's sister's artistic talent. Further reference to Mary Hogarth, including pictures purchased by JD's mother in 1930s. Details of JD's mother's childhood, including reference to Great Aunt Edie. Comments on tradition of amateur watercolour painting in England. Describes what JD's professional artistic eye is looking for in a painting including good draughtsmanship, sense of colour, structure and imagination; considers oil painting to be more difficult than watercolour technique; quotes French rhyme to that effect. Mentions mother's education at Wycombe Abbey School.

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