Drew, Joanna. (37 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 37. Joanna Drew [JD] comments on the personal effect of the death of various colleagues, including John Willett; mentions his cultural influence in terms of introducing Berthold Brecht and Max Beckmann to British public. Anecdote relating to Tate trustees response to Max Beckmann exhibition. JD mentions having just learnt from Isabel Carlisle of death of Andrew Forge and refers to Cathy Courtney's obituary in the Independent (not Guardian as stated). JD talks about circumstances of her mother's death; refers to eccentric Anglican priest, Botolph de St. Quentin. Describes Wallingford house and its role in JD's life. Interruption of telephone. Comments on importance for older people of not being enclosed in their domestic space; talks about attitude to notion of life after death and her means of handling stress; refers to relationship with Peter de Francia and his influence on her knowledge and thinking; mentions effect of death of Ernst Gombrich.

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