Drew, Joanna. (16 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 16. Joanna Drew [JD] describes 1952 Arts Council [AC] appointment, mentions significance of catalogues for student exhibition in Edinburgh. Describes AC annual exhibition programme, various departments at AC headquarters in St. James' Square, London. Mentions clerical involvement in dispersal of Exhibition of Reproductions of Mosaics from Ravenna, worked on exhibition of Chinese Ceramics from Sir Alan Barlow's Collection, details. Refers to Drawings for Pictures exhibition 1953, exhibition of 12 Australian Artists at New Burlington Galleries, including Sydney Nolan's Ned Kelly paintings, selected by Sir Kenneth Clark. Mentions one person shows by Charles Ginner, Thomas Gainsborough. Recalls organising exhibition of Flower Books from Library of Society of Herbalists, introduction by Wilfred Blunt, brother of Anthony Blunt. Refers to Mrs Oliver Lyle, founder of Culpepper Herbalists. Worked as junior organiser on Renoir exhibition in London; mentions Christopher White, son of Gabriel White. Mentions exhibition of replicas of Yugoslav Medieval Frescoes at Tate, Comments on Tate's role as temporary exhibition space. Remarks on attitudes of provincial galleries, mentions Helen Kapp, Wakefield Gallery, Yorkshire, Hans Hess, York. Refers to influence of continental Jews on British Intellectual life, cites Frank Constantine of Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield. Mentions positive effect of appointment of Andrew Nairne to Oxford Museum of Modern Art.

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