Buchanan Crosby, Anne (11 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)

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    Part 11: Tape 6: Side B. Ends description of Adrian Stokes [AS] that he didn’t like TC, how AF behaved when they were together, DS’ relationship with AS. Comments on AF’s character. Meals at the Stokes’. Anecdote about David Piper’s daughter telling the milkman about ABC and TC getting married, his shock that they weren’t married already. Wedding outfit. Mentions honeymoon. Comments on ABC’s resistance to marriage compared to TC. Comments on TC joining Fletcher/Forbes/Gill. Description of ABC’s view of Pentagram partners and how they reacted to ABC. Description of TC’s personality at home and at work; attitude to talking about his work. His timidity with the Pipers and the Smithsons. Reflects on the quality of TC’s architecture. Mentions discussing paintings with Patrick George, Euan Uglow, AS. Mentions Bill [William] Coldstream, John Dodgson. Description of friendship with DS: meeting him through Susan Benson, his house, his conversation. Anecdote about DS pretending that ABC was a girlfriend. Mentions Joanna Drew. DS’s theories about people who had been to Dartington School. ABC his confidante, missing him and AF. ABC introduced them to each other. Comments on reasons why TC didn’t like DS, or AF. Comments on conversations with DS about art; how he used ABC’s insights about paintings. ABC’s favourite painters: El Greco, Bellini, Crevelli; mentions going to the National Gallery. Reflects on the mystery and chance element of painting, what doing it means to ABC.

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