Buchanan Crosby, Anne (9 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 9: Tape 5: Side B. Description of DS meeting Matthew, their close bond, going house hunting together, teaching Matthew how to smell flowers. Remarks about DS’s name change. Remarks about AF’s antagonism to the mentally handicapped. Description of first meeting TC: mentions Peter Goldfinger, ‘Architectural Design’, Monica Pidgeon, Liz Goldfinger, Better Books. First impressions of TC. Description of TC’s relationship with Alison Smithson and Peter Smithson [PS] and their attitude to ABC. Remarks about the Smithson children. Smithsons’ fear that their children would be ‘contaminated’ by Matthew. Story of TC’s hurt on Matthew’s behalf and curse on the Smithsons, mentions DC. Mentions Polly [Crosby]. Comments on PS’s kindness and appreciation of ABC’s painting. Mentions that PS used Alison as a mouthpiece for his own anger. Description of teaching art A level at Loughton High School and reasons for leaving. Brief spell teaching at CCA. Description of being an art A level examiner with Patrick George and Miles Murphy for London Board Senate House [1970s], mentions prisoners’ art, Eton College, Harrow School, North London Collegiate. Comments on what the [1970s] young “were thinking”, the examination process. Comments on Patrick George having “the perfect personality for it”, mentions Miles [Murphy].

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