Jo's Art History Podcast / 29. Peggy Angus with Clare Dales

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Well what an episode I have for you today!!

Ever heard of Peggy Angus? I certainly hadn’t until the brilliant Clare Dales got in touch to tell me all about this incredible woman.

Peggy Angus was a British designer, artist and educator born in 1904. Although born in Chile, her family relocated back to the UK when she was 5 and she grew up in Muswell Hill, London.

At 17, she won a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Art and studied alongside now world renowned artists such as Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Eric Ravilious and Edward Bawden; just to name drop a few.

Peggy is best known for her love of pattern and design and spent a large part of her career making incredible patterned tile designs/murals for architectural projects around the UK as well as hand made wall paper.

Let me repeat that.

HAND-MADE wall paper.

Within the cannon of art history, she has very much slipped into the shadows but thanks to an exhibition at the Tower Gallery in Eastbourne in the UK in 2014, more is known about this great artists.

Clare takes us on a brilliant whistle stop tour of Peggy’s life and work and set the scene beautifully for allowing us to understand the challenges Peggy faced as an artist working after World War 1 and World War 2.

You are going to love this - so sit back and relax as we discuss the INCREDIBLE Peggy Angus!

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The tile company:

The New Craftsmen:

The festival of Britain & Peggy’s Tiles:

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Clare Dales

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