Buchanan Crosby, Anne (2 of 16 ).  National Life Stories: Artists' Lives

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  • Recording date

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

  • Recording locations

    Interviewee's home, London

  • Interviewees

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

  • Interviewers

    Sandino, Linda, (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 2: Tape 1: Side B. Story of unhappy childhood memories of being left with grandmother and aunt at Bosbury House. Story of Buchanan aunts, one of whom imagined ABC belonged to her. Description of Wylie maternal grandparents’ unhappy marriage, their house in Hythe, Kent. Comments on Grandmother’s strict regimes; mentions Jean’s education. Comments on Jean as wife and mother. Mentions relationship to Bertrand Russell. Comments on ‘unpleasant’ Dick Godwin, and the reliability of Jean’s stories. Physical description of Jean, her interest in clothes, ABC’s fear of her. Description of early memories: Godwin siblings, Diana Godwin, Nanny Newman. Story of memory of Jean taking ABC to meet Eric Gill’s sister Enid Clay’s [Down Syndrome] daughter. Description of “indelible memory” of friendship with local [Downs Syndrome] girl and Jean’s cruel comments. Description of parents’ Communism. Comments on Rab’s friendship with Jack Pritchard, Wells Coates. Story of Jean’s friendship with Serge Chermayeff and Barbara Chermayeff. Story of how the Buchanans helped the Chermayeffs by sending Ivan to Dartington Hall School. Comments on Jean’s interest in architecture and other fashionable causes.

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