Buchanan Crosby, Anne (13 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 13: Tape 8: Side A. [16 June 2003] Story of DC’s tests at the Institute of Psychology: reasons for the tests and remarks about the therapists. DC’s childhood description of the ideal way of living for a child. Description of selecting schools for DC and her attendance at Bedales. Anecdote about DC’s essay for one of the schools’ entrance exams. DC’s mature reflection on her school days. Anecdote about the effect on Bedales of the attendance of Princess Margaret’s children. Description of DC’s arthritis and the operations endured and how the school adapted to help her. Anecdote about the school doctor and his callous treatment of DC and ABC. Anecdote about DC becoming a daygirl at Bedales and getting a scholarship to Oxford University. Comments on DC’s behaviour at school. After Oxford, DC worked in medical research in order to finance sculpture studies at St. Martin’s School of Art. Comments on DC’s character. Description of the problems engendered by the high cost of DC’s sculptures; the danger of compromise with the market; ABC’s assessment of DC’s work. Description of ABC’s and DC’s relationship: mentions grandson, Valentine. Stories about ABC’s physical bravery which Valentine shares. Description of DC’s character. Anecdote about Matthew’s substitute swear words. Mentions MacIntyre schools. Comments on the remorse felt about the decision to let Matthew live out in the community and ABC’s dreams about him. Remarks about Matthew’s ambition to be an adult. Anecdote about Matthew meeting David Niven who helped to raise money for the school.

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