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Interview with Martin Austwick about his uncle, the artist, Eric Austwick (1913-1995)

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Date(s): 1 May 1996

Scope & Content: Martin Austwick talks to Kirsty Neate about his uncle, the artist, Eric Austwick (1913-1995). Martin talks about Eric and his family moving to the Isle of Man from Manchester when Eric was 14 living at Dreemskerry Halt on a farm at Ballajora; Eric's parents' market garden where Martin's father worked in the winter and Cunningham's Camp in the summer as Entertainment Manager; family selling flowers to hotels in Ramsey; Eric's father's investments; Eric's early view of himself as an artist; Eric and his brother's interest in photography; Eric influenced by nature, being on his own, his poor health, and the Manx Crosses.

Martin's childhood recollections of Eric; the volume of Eric's books in his house; Eric living with his mother and father in Manchester and then with his mother after his father's death; Eric always talking about the Isle of Man, folk dances, Manannan Trophy; Eric's sense of humour; Eric and his brother's relationship; Eric and his brother as well read; Constance Mona Douglas as Eric's friend and Eric's illustrations for her books; Eric's failing eyesight and the issues he faced; Eric's production of Interlace Journal; Eric's attendance at Douglas Art School where he was taught by Archibald Knox; offers made to Eric and an oil company; alteration to the Manannan Trophy.

Kirsty talks about Eric's work and whether Eric did general book illustrations; comics; Eric's archive; Interlace leaflet; broadcast on Manx Radio shortly after Eric died; Martin mentions that Eric's two best friends died shortly after he did.

Language: English

Extent: 35 min. 40 sec.

Item name: cassette tape

Collection: Sound Archive

Level: ITEM

ID number: SA 0406

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Subject tags : #UOSH, #UOSHArts


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