Buchanan Crosby, Anne 3 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 3: Tape 2: Side A. Remarks about Jean’s flair for dancing. Description of [family relative] Freda Utley; mentions Rab’s and Jean’s visit to Russia. Comments on ‘confused and weird values’ of mother’s friends and generation. Story about Rab marrying the pregnant nanny. Remarks about Jean’s lover, James Viner Delahaye. Story of children’s pranks on Delahaye. Anecdote about sister Moira’s [‘Mouche’] knowledge of Jean’s affairs. Story of fraught school arrangements; mentions dyslexia. Comments about ABC’s and Moira’s awareness of mother’s lovers. Memories of Dartington Hall School. Story of why parents fought over brother, Alan. Story of parents’ secrecy about their Downs Syndrome daughter. Story of sister, Helen, who had eczema, how the mis-prescription led to her death. Story of Moira’s illegitimacy. Comments on parents’ dislike of ABC. Remarks about Rab’s feelings for the Godwin girls. Mentions half-brother, Peter Buchanan; Rab’s marriage to Monica and their son, Iain. Comments on siblings. Story of how and why ABC became a painter. Comments on female creativity. Remarks about reading. Remarks about receiving help with writing at Worthing School of Art. Story of CCA interview with Philip Matthews. Description of reasons for paying reduced fees at CCA, mentions working at Tony Godwin’s bookshop. Reasons for not going to Chelsea School of Art, mentions Euston Road School, John Dodgson. Comments on admiration for Andrew Forge’s [AF] erudition. Summary of parents’ marriages and liaisons. Story of half-brother Peter, his relationship with his stepmother Monica, and Iain. Comments on Rab’s womanising. Description of Monica.

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