Buchanan Crosby, Anne (15 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 15: Tape 9: Side A. Comments on melancholy and desire for solitude. Description of becoming aware of the increasing frailty of old friends at Anthony Eyton’s birthday party. Description of Patrick George [PG]. Mentions own fear of Alzheimer’s Disease. Remarks about DS’ character. Description of being an ideal confidante to men: mentions Adrian Stokes. Account of Roger Reith’s [RR] routine in Washington DC: mentions the effect of his cancer. Story about how ABC became his companion and carer. Reflects on the pattern of ABC’s life, which has always mirrored her early unsettled life. RR’s routine in London and Rye. Mentions DC and Valentine. Description of Fay Godwin [FG]: mentions Tony Godwin. Comments on FG’s photographs. Comments on ABC’s mortality. Description of ABC’s feelings about her paintings and the reasons for doing them compared to PG’s approach; mentions landscapes, symbolic figuration, Greek mythology. Description of painters’ desire for immortality; mentions DS, and PG. Symbolic reasons for buying a painting by PG. Remarks about PG and Euan Uglow’s paintings. Description of ABC’s conversation with Uglow just before he died: his attitude to dying, his need to talk about the future of painting, and his legacy through his students. Description of looking for him on the ward initially only seeing his wasted limbs. Comparison with DS’s death.

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