Walker, Audrey (4 of 15) National Life Stories Collection: Crafts' Lives

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  • Recording date

    2004-09-01, 2004-09-02

  • Recording locations

    interviewee's home, Pembrokeshire

  • Interviewees

    Walker, Audrey, 1928- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Hughes, Hawksmoor (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 4: Tape 2 (F15802) Side B: Remarks on mother worrying when AW went to London. AW's decision to go to Edinburgh College of Art. Description of the interview process. Comments on being glad to leave home. Description of lodging with a vicar in a poor area of Edinburgh. Long description of AW's college course, mentions her friendship with Anthony Fry. Mentions Leonard Rosamond and Kinsley Cook. Story about an ex-serviceman boyfriend who wanted to marry her. Remarks on AW's decision to study painting, her then prejudice against textiles. Remarks on visiting galleries in Edinburgh. Mentions visiting London, longing to be there. Mentions noticing Henry Moore, John Piper, Graham Sutherland, Piero Della Francesca,Van Eyk, Rembrandt and Picasso. Mentions receiving a scholarship from the Director of Education in Cumberland and his recommendation that AW should go to the Slade. Mentions her relationship with James Cumming. Description of the Slade School. Mentions William Coldstream's [WC] appointment as Head of School. Mentions personal tutor William Townsend [WT]. Anecdote about WC helping AW with a painting. Remarks on the narrow teaching: working in front of a model five days a week. Mentions art history lessons with (Rudolf) Wittkower and the value of his written notes. Remarks on AW's assumption that she would become a teacher. Anecdote about winning the painting prize and WT's and WC suggestion that she could make a living as a portrait painter, AW's reasons for not becoming a portrait painter. Description of living in the Slade Hostel, Cartwright Gardens. Anecdote about WC, Stanley Spencer and Patrick George eating fried eggs in AW's room. Description of Stanley Spencer. Description of Lucian Freud and his teaching. Description of George Charlton's and other tutor's teaching methods.

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