Buchanan Crosby, Anne (1 of 16 ).  National Life Stories: Artists' Lives

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    2002-05-22, 2003-01-09, 2003-03-26, 2003-06-18

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    Interviewee's home, London

  • Interviewees

    Buchanan Crosby, Anne, 1929- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Sandino, Linda, (speaker, female)

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    Part 1: Tape: Side A. [22 May 2002] Anne Buchanan Crosby [ABC] Reasons for name change from Fenella to Anne at boarding school. Mentions parents were communists. Description of studio [in Hammersmith house] built by Theo Crosby [TC]. Comments on reasons for keeping the house after divorce from TC. Description of drawings and paintings hung in the studio with comments on their importance to ABC, comments on artists’ characters: Patrick George, [William] Coldstream, John Dodgson, Camberwell College of Arts [CCA], Adrian Stokes, Patrick Symons. Mentions Eduardo Paolozzi. Remarks about Anthony Fry’s sketches. Description of furniture. Story about Euan Uglow paintings. Remarks about dark colour tone of Fry’s paintings. Description of McGregor Buchanan family: mentions whiskey, National Loaf, ‘the Daily Mail loaf’, Rank films, Grandfather’s sojourn in USA as crop dealer. Description of father, Rab Buchanan’s World War One experiences and wounding in family’s Liverpool Scottish Regiment, death of his older brother, Alan Buchanan. Comments on family bequest to Downing College, Cambridge. Story of Buchanan land in Herefordshire for impoverished officers including Dick Godwin [DG] married to ABC’s mother [Jean]. Story of DG’s and Jean’s unhappy marriage, DG’s manoeuvres to get Rab to fall in love with Jean. Story of Jean’s divorce from DG and marriage to Rab; mentions Tony Godwin.

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