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Art Student Book Five 1972-74

Art Student Book Five 1972-74

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Art Student Book Five 1972-74

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Oct 1, 2017


If you wanted to enjoy yourself back in 1968, and were so inclined, you might possibly think about going to Art College, perhaps in London, and spending your summer holidays wandering around the great galleries of Europe including the Louvre, the Prado and the Vatican, as well as visiting the Parthenon, the caves of Altamira and Pompeii.
This account of such indulgence, a mosaic of short episodes, is the platform for presenting the History of Art, Literature and especially Film as it was encountered, using hyperlinks for reference and illustration. A series of five books presents the whole rose tinted reminiscence beginning with the first book in Bournemouth-by-the-Sea, all that time ago, when Modern Art was, indeed, still relatively modern.
The many references to Literature and History, throughout the books, reflect what the Fine Arts once enjoyed. This was a happy synthesis between Art, History and Literature. During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries the Fine Arts were deprived of this by other Art forms, which included Illustration, Photography, and particularly Film. The consequence of these developments was an ideology of what little remained. This was called Modern Art.
Giles decided to have a year off before applying for the Institute of Education and so he did various jobs, bought a car, and was drawn into a diverse, and somewhat irregular, crowd of South Londoners. He was also offered a room in a flat in Stockwell. The flat was not that far from Brixton which Giles first visited tripping on LSD.
The beginning of the course at the Institute required observing in a primary school and then there was Teaching Practice in the second term. Giles attended seminars with Ernst Gombrich and continued doing working drawings whilst spending a lot of time in the Student Union Swimming Pool. He met some very interesting people who made him feel rather second rate yet felt sad about the end of his Art Student life.

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À propos de l'auteur

The pseudonymous author, Giles Winterborne, went to Bournemouth College of Art in 1968, Wimbledon School of Art in 1969 and the Institute of Education in 1973. He worked as a schoolteacher in London, doing up property and then making antiques in Devon, whilst showing his paintings. Being retired gave him time to write about his distant life as an Art Student.

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Art Student Book Five 1972-74 - Giles Winterborne

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Giles Winterborne

Art Student Book Five 1972-74



Chapter 1A: Disaster

Chapter 1B: Volkswagen Beetle

Chapter 1C: Star

Chapter 1D: Jaeger

Chapter 1E: Thomas Bewick

Chapter 2A: Narcissus

Chapter 2B: Legerdemain

Chapter 2C: Shoplifting

Chapter 3A: Prague Spring

Chapter 3B: Goldilocks

Chapter 3C: Christabel

Chapter 3D: Hand in Hand

Chapter 4A: From the Motor Trade

Chapter 4B: Chelsea Girl

Chapter 4C: Baroque Brothers

Chapter 4D: One-Way Streets

Chapter 5A: Percombe Party

Chapter 5B: New Art

Chapter 5C: Wedding

Chapter 5D: Shock of the New

Chapter 6A: Mr Smart

Chapter 6B: Sunbeam Rapier

Chapter 6C: Tutankhamun

Chapter 7A: Felt and Fat

Chapter 7B: Striding Man

Chapter 7C: The Sunday Times

Chapter 7D: Jack Ashley

Chapter 8A: GLW 96C

Chapter 8B: Cooper

Chapter 8C: Kimmeridge

Chapter 8D: Lovely Rita

Chapter 9A: Robert Graves

Chapter 9B: Tools

Chapter 9C: Tea Break

Chapter 9D: Tunbridge Wells

Chapter 9E: Towing

Chapter 9F: Snagging

Chapter 10A: Executive

Chapter 10B: Roadblock

Chapter 10C: Parkside Gardens

Chapter 10D: Hampton Court Palace

Chapter 10E: Brave New World

Chapter 11A: Paula Power

Chapter 11B: Giles Cartoon

Chapter 11C: Fanciful

Chapter 11D: Ron Grainer

Chapter 12A: Sleep Paralysis

Chapter 12B: Hansom Cab

Chapter 13A: Blackhill Farm

Chapter 13B: Andragon

Chapter 13C: Ringwood Market

Chapter 13D: Spontaneity

Chapter 13E: Getting Spliced

Chapter 14A: Elettra

Chapter 14B: James Bond

Chapter 14C: Corfe Castle

Chapter 14D: Kingston Lacy

Chapter 15A: Chimney Sweep

Chapter 15B: Zola in Wimbledon

Chapter 16A: Student Again

Chapter 16B: Mad Dogs and Englishmen

Chapter 16C: Stockwell Green

Chapter 17A: Stuff and Nonsense

Chapter 17B: Four Legs Good

Chapter 17C: Chestnut

Chapter 17D: Nomansland

Chapter 17E: Commoners

Chapter 18A: Tripping

Chapter 18B: Le Bon Marché

Chapter 18C: Electric Avenue

Chapter 18D: Brixton Hill

Chapter 19A: Cast

Chapter 19B: Haymaking

Chapter 19C: Country Door

Chapter 19D: Horace

Chapter 20A: Picturesque

Chapter 20B: Admiral Hood

Chapter 20C: HMS Hood

Chapter 20D: The Children of the New Forest

Chapter 21A: Anthropology

Chapter 21B: Holy Trinity

Chapter 21C: Jamaica

Chapter 21D: Slavery

Chapter 22A: Aspiring to the Conditioner

Chapter 22B: Pony Drift

Chapter 22C: New Forest Pony

Chapter 22D: Ménière's

Chapter 23A: School Board

Chapter 23B: Stockwell Primary School

Chapter 24A: Benjamin Britten

Chapter 24B: The Turn of the Screw

Chapter 24C: Violette Szabo

Chapter 24D: Little Corner Public

Chapter 25A: Anarchy

Chapter 25B: Navigation

Chapter 25C: Packed Lunch

Chapter 25D: Inigo Jones

Chapter 25E: The Worship of Venus

Chapter 25F: Sea in the Blood

Chapter 26A: Stanislaw Frenkiel

Chapter 26B: Heavy Viennese Accent

Chapter 26C: Senate House

Chapter 26D: Child Centred

Chapter 26E: Wackford Squeers

Chapter 27A: Frighten the Horses

Chapter 27B: Mrs Pat

Chapter 27C: Princess Marie Bonaparte

Chapter 27D: Constantin Brâncuși

Chapter 28A: Rhoda Brook

Chapter 28B: Vale of Health

Chapter 28C: St John-at-Hampstead

Chapter 28D: Work

Chapter 28E: Peterloo Massacre

Chapter 29A: Postman

Chapter 29B: Stockwell Depot

Chapter 29C: Bang

Chapter 30A: Peckham Road

Chapter 30B: The Wheatsheaf

Chapter 31A: Out of the Blue

Chapter 31B: HMS Belfast

Chapter 32A: Bridge over Troubled Water

Chapter 32B: Putney Debates

Chapter 32C: Day of the Jackal

Chapter 33A: Pandora

Chapter 33B: Albrecht Altdorfer

Chapter 33C: Pannage

Chapter 33D: Tea for Two

Chapter 34A: Capital of Wessex

Chapter 34B: King Alfred the Great

Chapter 34C: Excalibur

Chapter 34D: Round Table

Chapter 34E: Polytechneion

Chapter 35A: Marathon

Chapter 35B: Acanthus

Chapter 35C: Doomsday

Chapter 36A: Living in the Past

Chapter 36B: Roman Villa

Chapter 36C: Three Day Week

Chapter 37A: The Scream

Chapter 37B: Edvard Munch

Chapter 38A: Third Years

Chapter 38B: Mr Smallbury

Chapter 38C: Corruption

Chapter 38D: The Clique

Chapter 38E: Epsom Downs Racecourse

Chapter 38F: Norman Engleback

Chapter 39A: The Ascent of Man

Chapter 39B: Silent Spring

Chapter 40A: Don’t Look Now

Chapter 40B: Wicker Man

Chapter 40C: Equus

Chapter 40D: Water of Life

Chapter 40E: Stonehenge

Chapter 41A: Newfoundland

Chapter 41B: Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Chapter 41C: Allahakbarries

Chapter 41D: Mary Rose

Chapter 42A: Ozias

Chapter 42B: The Margarets

Chapter 42C: Alone

Chapter 42D: Subtitles

Chapter 42E: Colour

Chapter 43A: Midsummer

Chapter 43B: Brief Encounter

Chapter 43C: Stake in the Heart

Chapter 43D: London Zoo

Chapter 43E:Voices

Chapter 44A: Subaltern

Chapter 44B: SOAS

Chapter 44C: Garden Square

Chapter 44D: Measure and Mark

Chapter 45A: Jeremy Bentham

Chapter 45B: Copying

Chapter 45C: Flaxman Gallery

Chapter 45D: Lambeth Boys

Chapter 45E: William Blake Richmond

Chapter 46A: Chalkie White

Chapter 46B: Saturday Club

Chapter 46C: Kennington Park

Chapter 46D: Chartists

Chapter 46E: Entente Cordiale

Chapter 47A: Gold Coast

Chapter 47B: Pyramus and Thisbe

Chapter 48A: Summer in the City

Chapter 48B: Young Irishman

Chapter 48C: Richard Nixon

Chapter 48D: Student Nurse

Chapter 48E: Tipping or Tapping

Chapter 49A: Raymond Chandler

Chapter 49B: Mausoleum

Chapter 49C: Dulwich Picture Gallery

Chapter 50A: No Wealth but Life

Chapter 50B: Praeterita

Chapter 50C: Over the points

Chapter 50D: Lidos

ART STUDENT Book Five 1972-74

The Introduction

If you wanted to enjoy yourself back in 1968, and were so inclined, you might possibly think about going to Art College, perhaps in London, and spending your summer holidays wandering around the great galleries of Europe including the Louvre, the Prado and the Vatican, as well as visiting the Parthenon, the caves of Altamira and Pompeii.

This account of such indulgence, a mosaic of short episodes, is the platform for presenting the History of Art, Literature and especially Film as it was encountered, using hyperlinks for reference and illustration. A series of five books presents the whole rose tinted reminiscence beginning with the first book in Bournemouth-by-the-Sea, all that time ago, when Modern Art was, indeed, still relatively modern.

The many references to Literature and History, throughout the books, reflect what the Fine Arts once enjoyed. This was a happy synthesis between Art, History and Literature. During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries the Fine Arts were deprived of this by other Art forms, which included Illustration, Photography, and particularly Film. The consequence of these developments was an ideology of what little remained. This was called Modern Art.

It was all such a long time ago but I would, nevertheless, not want to embarrass the characters I describe so I have made everybody anonymous and given them the names from the dramatis personae of Thomas Hardy novels unless, of course they are undoubtedly dead.

I hope the inclusion of pronunciation advice is not too annoying but Goethe, Nietzsche, Ingres and Laocoön are really just asking for trouble.

The sad fact, and one of the reasons for this eBook enterprise, is I was talking to the once fellow student recently, the character I call Springrove in the books, and he and I agreed we would not follow the same path and go to Art College today; the immense debts incurred would not be worth the education, much of which is self-driven anyway.

The internet provides education, access to images, commentary, discussion, platforms for publishing and the means for expression which were not available then. Today I would write a blog, and have exhibitions online, because I think constructive criticism is also important. Whether you take heed of it, or not, is another matter.

Art Student Book Five 1972-74

Chapter 1A: Disaster

What could go wrong did so. Tony Luxellian had been sympathetic when he saw Giles and Johnnie deep in the Wimbledon Park hinterland about to be finger wagged by rozzers.

The two of them had been knocking on doors, in rather a smart looking area, to politely enquire as to whether the householder wanted any work doing. Alas, this rather uninspired, and desperate, stratagem was born out of an impulsive notion based entirely on a shared unfamiliarity with reality, the ways of the world. These houses, however did not even want any hawkers circulars, whatever that meant, and then a police car had shown up, the Morris Minor Panda screeching to a halt just as Giles’ finger was hovering over a doorbell.

The two bogeys were a bit rude and sneeringly baulked at their notion of soliciting employment. The term ‘oppotoonist feevin’ was actually employed. This is when their tutor, fortuitously turned up, saw them and stopped his car, vouched for them and gave them a lift back to college.

Another tutor, a lady involved on the academic side of things, and therefore barely known to Giles, wanted some decorating work doing. She had mentioned it to Matt, who duly rolled them in.

Be a cinch. You’ll see.

The tutor’s house was within walking distance of Martha’s house and that was the last time Giles saw her before she flew over to New York, almost the last time he saw her at all.

The decorating was a room in quite a posh old fashioned London house, lovely in fact. What a mess they made of it after assuring this poor women and her doubtful husband they could do painting and, wait for it, wall papering!

Giles memory of the whole debacle was summed up by Johnnie’s face as he fell to the floor along with a full bucket of water. A wise option concerning stepladders is to check whether they are connected, before you proceed to climb, or they will simply widen until flat, which is what this one did. Mind you, he had got a first, did Springrove. Matt got a 2.1 and Giles, deary me, got a lower second, along with Andy!

Giles felt like: the paintings of Casper David Friedrich, The Scream by Munch, Goya’s Black paintings, Picasso’s Blue period and the John William Waterhouse painting of Tennyson’s poem. Giles was back in his customary chronic mood of historic failure, half sick of shadows.

Chapter 1A: Hyperlinks

No hawkers circulars


Panda Car


Degree classification


Casper David Friedrich


The Scream


Goya’s Black paintings


Picasso’s Blue period


The Lady of Shalott


Chapter 1B: Volkswagen Beetle

Matteas drove a light blue Volkswagen Beetle, had driven it to college every day, bought it new. He was much struck with the air cooled car that could cruise along the new M1 motorway at over eighty miles per hour, or so he said. His had a slightly larger engine than most Beetles, 1500 cc, not in the bonnet like other cars, but in the boot!

He was driving Johnnie and Giles around London and this was rather a new experience for Giles. He had been on a London bus of course, and the occasional taxi, but having a car in London was another dimension. Meanwhile, in the traffic jams, Matteas was holding forth, extolling the virtues of his Beetle and then telling them about how, in post war Germany it was, rather ironically, the British Army that had saved the company.

It had been a British Major, Major Ivan Hirst, who had been given responsibility for trying to get the production line back up and running. This provided much needed work for the Germans and cars, khaki Volkswagen Beetles, for the British Army. Their first job was to defuse an unexploded Allied bomb in the factory; had it gone off the beetle shaped car, designed by Ferdinand Porsche and inspired by the Morris Minor, would have been kaput, and entirely without existence. Ain’t life strange.

Chapter 1B: Hyperlinks

Volkswagen Beetle


M1 motorway


Major Ivan Hirst


Morris Minor


Chapter 1C: Star

There was a car showroom at the end of Graham Road, in Wimbledon, where Giles had first lived with Somers. It was called T and B, and Giles was now working for them, delivering cars and keeping the ones in the showroom spotless with a chamois.

The tutor’s husband chucked them out on the second day after they had thoroughly trashed his room. That evening they had accompanied Matt to an awfully sad Discotheque Club in Leicester Square, of which he was a member. It was full of middle-eastern looking men, looking for easy English women.

Johnnie and Matt continued trying to get decorating work but they were both living at home; Giles needed the rent. He had dillied and dallied, phoning Johnnie up every day, too long really. First he went to the yard they had bought their wood, then to an estate agent, and an off licence, on Hartfield Road, and then into this car showroom. A Mr Rondley asked did he have a clean driver’s licence; go and get it and he could start tomorrow. And they need his National Insurance number.

The next day he was taking cars out of the showroom to rearrange, putting them on meters down Graham Road, when he suddenly saw a vision. He realised she was familiar but out of context, standing by a meter and smiling at him just as she had done all those years ago. It was Sylvia Peters. This was on a par with Alastair Sim outside the Odeon, Leicester Square. Running excitedly into the showroom Giles told his boss that Sylvia Peters was outside in the road! Yep, she had a shop round the corner, clothes for kiddies, he replied, not looking up.

Like many households, Giles’ father had acquired a television, a Pye V4, with washboard front, for the Coronation, in 1953. And like many households, they were subjected to the breaking down of said television half way through, valves apparently. The woman down the road with the telephone, amongst the audience, had got the man out sharpish.

Giles, being all of three years of age, had not been too concerned. Watch with Mother was his programme: Andy Pandy, Teddy and Looby Loo, The Flowerpot Men, Bill and Ben with Little Weed, and Rag, Tag and Bobtail, Hedgehog, Mouse and Rabbit drinking dew from flowers; these were the absolute bees knees of television in his opinion. He did, however, notice the pretty young woman who smiled sweetly whilst announcing; this was Sylvia Peters. Giles peeped out of the showroom shyly, and there she was.

Chapter 1C: Hyperlinks

National Insurance number


Sylvia Peters


Pye V4


The Coronation


Watch with Mother


Andy Pandy


The Flowerpot Men


Rag, Tag and Bobtail


Chapter 1D: Jaeger

Last summer he had been in the bakery, but then he had the Spanish trip up ahead and as a student he was not paying tax. Driving around dusty London in an oven of a car at the height of summer, missing Martha, missing being a student was, it seemed, his lot for now. The idea of applying to the Institute of Education for next year was becoming increasingly attractive.

Giles had gone up to see Zabriskie Point with Johnnie and told him he was thinking of applying. Johnnie said the decorating with Matteas was faltering. They had done one small job reasonably successfully but it did not look promising. Matteas had other irons in the fire like his photography bringing in money. And Anne was thinking of moving to London.

They had not seen the Antonioni film when it came out, over a year ago, because other people had said how indulgent it was, and so it turned out to be, and the girl reminded Giles of Martha and that was all he needed. Springrove invited him over for a Sunday lunch soon; something to look forward to.

Before getting this driving job Giles had taken some designs up for Jaeger’s shop window where Owen, from Stanton Road, had been working part time. Owen had mentioned it and Giles had popped up, with his portfolio, to show some ideas he had rattled off one afternoon, based on the letter J, upside down and coloured like swans.

The Theatre Design Department did lots of shop window work, if they did not have a maid that is; it went hand in hand. Velázquez was employed to decorate; as well as paint the court he had to adorn it with drapes and tapestries and so on for special occasions.

The Jaeger Clothing Company had started out selling woollen long johns; George Bernard Shaw was an enthusiast and Earnest Shackleton swore by them. Their big shop was up in Regent Street and the design part was downstairs, entrance round the back.

Giles pride and pomposity knew no bounds. He was offered £25 for his designs, a month’s rent, which he declined. He thought they were worth more and foolishly held out and so went home with nothing. What a twit! Expediency was what was required, and plenty of it.

Chapter 1D: Hyperlinks

Zabriskie Point


Diego Velázquez


Jaeger Clothing Company


George Bernard Shaw


Earnest Shackleton


Chapter 1E: Thomas Bewick

The species of swan Giles had used for his Jaeger designs was the Mute Swan, with a knob protruding on top of the upside-down letter J, all for nothing of course! Thomas Bewick, pronounced byoo eek, was a wood engraver of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century who, early on in his career, received a prize from the Royal Society of Arts, parts of which evolved into the Royal Academy, for illustrating Select Fables by John Gay. He also had a species of swan named after him, the Bewick Swan, a winter visitor similar in behaviour and appearance to the Whooper Swan. There is also a Bewick Wren.

He was apprenticed to a Ralph Beilby, in Newcastle upon Tyne and, later, had many apprentices of his own. Going into a rather fraught partnership with Beilby, Bewick illustrated the History of Quadrupeds. Then they began A History of British Birds in two volumes Land Birds and Water Birds but the partnership broke up before the second volume. The book was an early field guide using descriptions by ornithologists like Gilbert White. The book inspired a young Charlotte Bronte, and had Wordsworth, gushing in Lyrical Ballads, The Two Thieves:

Oh now that the genius of Bewick were mine

And the skill which he learned on the banks of the Tyne.

Then the Muses might deal with me just as they chose,

For I'd take my last leave both of verse and of prose

John Ruskin thought Bewick’s engravings were wonderful and Charles Kingsley tells how his father’s hunting friends, in the New Forest, laughed at the idea of a book about dicky-birds until they saw the meticulous illustrations.

Bewick also, throughout his working life, produced illustrations for Aesop’s Fables. Aesop, mentioned in Herodotus, a slave and storyteller from Ancient Greece, would have originally sung these stories which the Ancient Greeks would later collect into books. Consequently these fables have been translated, and duly illustrated, all over the world. A fable is a moral tale involving anthropomorphised animals, mythological creatures, birds, trees, weather, forces of nature, such as the wind, which can speak. Anthropomorphism is giving such non-human things, not just language but human traits and emotions.

Chapter 1E: Hyperlinks

Head of a Mute Swan


Thomas Bewick


John Gay


Bewick Swan


Ralph Beilby


A History of British Birds


Gilbert White


Charlotte Bronte


William Wordsworth


The Two Thieves


John Ruskin




Aesop’s Fables








Chapter 2A: Narcissus

Soon after Andy went, left the cupboard in the sky and went back to Liverpool, the bloke in the next door bedsit asked Giles if the tiny upstairs bedsit was now available; they might know someone. Giles was hurrying out, said, yep, he had gone for good. This was the first time Giles spoke to his next door neighbours other than to nod in passing.

As time went on, and Giles started working for the car showroom, they stopped and chatted more regularly and eventually went for a drink, one evening, round the corner in The Raynes Park pub, Giles with Frank Pitcher and his girlfriend Emily Melbury. Frank was thinking of applying for the Pre-Dip in Gladstone Road. There was an air of mystery about the young London couple or perhaps they were merely unfamiliar.

For one thing Frank and Emily, Frank and Em, disclosed they had to spend two hours in front of a mirror every day, and on closer observation Frank was wearing mascara, or at least Giles thought it was. Emily looked like Sandie Shaw and, like many girls at this time but unlike Martha, wore the stuff in bucket loads. Frank was probably just helping her finish the bottle.

John William Waterhouse did a famous Echo and Narcissus. Echo had been cursed, Ovid and his Metamorphoses again, by a jealous god whereby she could not bang on incessantly like an ordinary girl; she could only repeat the most recent words of other people. Wandering through a woody glade she came across Narcissus and her ailment guaranteed huge embarrassment. Besides Narcissus had caught sight of this lovely looking man reflected in the pool; what need of a silly girl, especially one who could only repeat what he said.

Another Ancient Greek myth tells of Daphnis and Chloe. Daphnis tells Chloe that Echo used to sing with the Muses on Mount Parnassus, thereby getting up the nose of Pan, who had her torn to pieces, and scattered wide and far, which is why echoes are heard all over the world.

Frank and Em spent too much time together in a bedsit thought Giles. They finished each other’s sentences and, sometimes, appeared overwrought: bedsititis. Poussin had done an Echo and Narcissus; Giles had seen it in the Louvre last summer. Caravaggio had done a Narcissus; no Echo, just him staring longingly at his reflection. Not surprisingly Narcissus drowns in the end.

Chapter 2A: Hyperlinks

The Raynes Park


Echo and Narcissus myth




Daphnis and Chloe


Echo and Narcissus


Écho et Narcisse




Chapter 2B: Legerdemain

Frank and Em had a Hockney print, a real one, and some Clarice Cliff pottery, very up and coming apparently, in their neat and tidy bedsit. They spent a lot of time at jumble sales they said, when they were not in the laundrette! Giles moaned about his job whilst nosing their extensive books and LPs. He saw how thin, almost gaunt, Frank was, high cheekbones, and how protruding was she.

Frank said if Giles really wanted to stay in London, if he really did,

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