Wondrausch, Mary (3 of 9) National Life Stories Collection: Crafts' Lives

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  • Recording date

    2007-09-20, 2007-09-25, 2007-10-03

  • Recording locations

    interviewee's home, Compton, Surrey

  • Interviewees

    Wondrausch, Mary, 1923- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Hughes, Hawksmoor (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 3: Description of attending KSA, remarks on not learning anything, comments on boyfriends. Story about getting the sack from an advertising agency. [04:40] Description of having a great time during the war, comments on lunching at St. James’ palace with the Brigade of Guards, dancing at the Four Hundred nightclub, mentions Edmundo Ross, story about staying with the men to drink port at St. James’ Palace. Remarks on going for tea at Gunter’s. [10:35] Description of mother managing without servants, remarks on her housekeeper, bridge parties. [13:03] Description of MW’s employment as a waitress and cook with the Elizabeth Agency, mentions Universal Aunts, remarks on learning to cook, mentions Stafford Cripps. Comments on MW’s employment as a waitress at Petit Cordon Bleu, mentions Rosemary Hume, and as a waitress ‘The Lotus’ restaurant [18:07] Story about MW’s marriage to bookseller Kenneth Fyfe, mentions drinking in ‘The French’ public house, marrying in Brompton Oratory, marrying to escape mother, comments on the annulment of the marriage. [23:07] Description of MW’s second marriage to Basil Harthan, his background as an army chaplain then probation officer, drinking in the ‘Eight Bells’ public house, mentions Charles Vyse. [28:10] Story about Julian Trevelyan and Mary Fedden encouraging MW to collage, mentions third husband Witold Wondrausch [WW] remarks on exhibiting with the Women’s International Art Club. Remarks on MW knowing nothing about pottery at that time. Story about passing Primavera gallery. [30:27] Description of MW’s flat in Holbein House, London, remarks on decoration, furniture, birth of daughters Clio and Claudia. Story about buying land in Amersham, Buckinghamshire, for WW to build a house on then MW moving to Brickfields, Compton, Surrey, mentions MW’s trust-fund, remarks on visiting the area as a child. Comments on the breakdown of MW and WW ‘s marriage, mentions birth of MW’s third child, Hugo.

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