Butler, Rosemary (9 of 14). National Life Story Collection: Artists' Lives.

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    Interviewee's home, Hertfordshire

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    Butler, Rosemary, 1930- (speaker, female)

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    Whiteley, Gillian (speaker, female)

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    Curt Valentin 1955 exhibition - 42 sculptures they cast. Harrow studio. Patinated at Ash. Development of relationship beyond just being assistant. Rosemary moves into Ash. Next Hanover exhibition. Realisation that they couldn't carry on casting work as they had too much work to do. Erica Brausen introduced them to Susse, French foundry. Rudolph Sprenger - gallery owner in Germany. Reg's perfectionism with the casting. Very little life outside sculpture and work in studio. Rosemary's family and attitudes to relationship with Reg. Rosemary's mother bothered by situation. Letter to family when Rosemary pregnant and family accepted it then. Cortina born 1958. Reg's teaching at Slade and eventually asked to become Director of Sculpture. Became postgraduates only. Dick Claughton - Reg's assistant. Reg went to Slade at start and end of term, Dick ran it in between. Demand on Rosemary to work - no space for anything else - no possibility of her working. Rosemary only person ever to work with Reg. Privelege but difficult as well - left no energy for her to pursue own work. Reg's views on women artists. Rosemary's views on women artists and sculptors then and now. Women contemporaries at Slade. Social life after Rosemary and Reg got together - did much less socializing. Patrick Heron, Michael Kenny and John Davies (former student of Reg's) - all friends. Other students include Anthony Gormley, Tony Cragg at Slade. Reg's gift as a listener. Reg and Rosemary in studio. Setting up sculptures. Lots of talk. Reg made notes. Reg self-contained. Didn't listen to music in studio. Both enjoyed jazz. Jazz 101 Club in Oxford Street - Humphrey Lyttelton, Louis Armstrong. Olympia. Count Basie. Reg gave talk on jazz at I.C.A. Reg seldom listened to classical music but liked Beethoven string quartets. He liked walking - mainly when younger. Went to theatre occasionally - went with Susse to see 'Look Back in Anger' at Court Theatre in 1956. Relationship - Reg, Jo and Rosemary. Ignored adverse comments. House, walled garden - sense of being on island - outside world seemed distant. People that knew accepted the situation.

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    Rosemary Butler is the wife of the late sculptor, Reg Butler (1913-1981). Over the course of this interview, she discusses Reg Butler's life and work.

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    Rosemary Butler interviewed by Gillian Whiteley: full transcript of the interview

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