Fry, Anthony. (14 of 32). National Life Story Collection: Artists' Lives

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    Fry, Anthony (speaker, male)

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    Courtney, Cathy (speaker, female)

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    Part 14. Tuscany house cont. Siena. Sold house approx eight years ago because needed money. Return to England after Rome Scholarship, felt daunted. Barbara Harris [BH] pregnant; miscarried first child in Italy. First child, Mark, born 1953. Daughter with BH, Lucy, born 1956. Anthony Fry [AF] also had two sons with different mothers, born in 1960s, Samuel and Wilde. Not present at birth of children, not involved ins babyhoods. Returned from Rome to father’s cottage in Saffron Walden. First teaching job at Corsham, Bath Academy. BH’s relationship with in-laws. Responsibility of fatherhood in terms of finance, view of himself as a father. [1 Nov. 1995] Taught to survive, thought of self as primarily a painter. Clifford Ellis [CE] and Bath Academy of Art, Corsham Court. Lord Methuen. Details of CE. Fashionable time for throwing out ‘academic’ approach. AF insisted he must have a life room if taught at Corsham., took over from William Brooker. Difficult transition into full-time teaching, five days a week. Enjoyed teaching, opportunity to meet other painters. William Scott, Kenneth Armitage, Adrian Heath, good atmosphere among the staff. Enlisted with model agency in London, details. In recent years AF painted male models in India, details. Painted present wife, Sabrina Fry [SF], who hates modelling. Indians as models.

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