Buchanan Crosby, Anne (6 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

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    Interviewee's home, London

  • Interviewees

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

  • Interviewers

    Sandino, Linda, (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 6: Tape 4: Side A. Comments about names: Buchanan to Crosby, Fenella to Anne. Description of friendship with AF, and the effect of their early experiences on their adult psyche. Comments on last conversation with AF before he died; mentions David Sylvester [DS]. Description of AF’s funeral: mentions Paula Rego, Kate Forge, Tom Forge. Description of Paula Rego at The Slade and at AF’s funeral. Description of Anthony Hill’s [AH] character and work including an anecdote about DS going to look at AH’s recent work. Story about Claude Rogers as a teacher at CCA; mentions AF, Anthony Fry, Anthony Eyton, Christopher Pinsent. Description of the beneficial effect of CCA on ABC; mentions its post-war atmosphere and the gendered environment. Comments on social life; mentions cycling through empty London to hear and dance to Humphrey Lyttelton band. Comments on lodging and food. Description of Anthony Fry’s sophisticated tastes: mentions Barbara Fry. Story about class. Anecdote about ABC and Christopher Pinsent at a party at Anthony Fry’s. Comments on Fry’s accommodation. Remarks about post-war Camberwell and its residents. Description of kilts worn as a child and as a student, mentions clothing coupons; Fry and John Dodgson helped ABC with clothes. Comments on Buchanan kilts. Description of home life with Jean and Rab where it was “men against women”. Rab’s attidude to ABC. Beginning of story of decision to undergo psychoanalysis.

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