|Godiva Clocktower, Coventry, with tiles by Peggy Angus (Coventry Telegraph)|
|Peggy Angus, John Piper, 1937 (National Portrait Gallery)|
|from a private collection|
Few of the tile murals survive, while the wallpapers - the best of which also resemble murals - were commissioned for private houses. Ditto the floor tiles she designed, and which were printed, fired and installed by Diana Hall. Over the years Peggy's original patrons have, in many cases, left those houses, and the new owners have not always appreciated their inheritance. So the work is slowly disappearing.
Likewise there remains little trace of Peggy's sixty-year tenure at Furlongs, the cottage near Lewes that is well known today to Ravilious fans. Once it was as vibrantly decorated and as charged with associations as nearby Charleston, but on Peggy's death her family and friends chose not to enshrine her life there. What we have instead are photographs and recollections, which I think is as it should be.
|Peggy and Dick Freeman, her landlord at Furlongs|
The exhibition will be held at Towner next summer, while the book is to be published by The Antique Collectors Club.
Artwork and designs of Peggy Angus are copyright of her estate.