William Crozier

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Artist

By Fiona Green

I was introduced to Soho by Bill, when I was 18, when we were lovers. An irish/ scot he was a marvellous colourist & mentor.He was also a friend of artists Roberts MacBryde & Colquhoun.He was my teacher at Corsham art school & he loved Soho. We met at the French pub often from 1961 - 1963 & again in later years. His painting shown here is a portrait of me entitled Rage Girl 1962. Shortly afterwards,I met & married another Soho habitue,writer & publisher,Martin Green, but Bill remained a friend & even came to live with our family for a time in the 70's. Soho was wild then. Full of hoods & gangsters, & charmers, like Gaston Berlemont  who ran the French & was the most gracious publican I had the privelege to meet. Quite different to Muriel Belcher, a few doors up at the Colony Club.She would swear like a gutter-snipe whereas Gaston,the gentleman, would kiss your wrist as he poured you into a cab. We would go from the French, northwards to the Caves de France or the Colony rooms, & further north across Oxford Street to Fitzrovia, or south to the Kismet club. The Kismet was run by "Maltese Mary" Douse. She kept all Francis Bacon's cheques & said one day she would sell them for the signatures!

Bill died in July 2011 aged 81

www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2011/.../william-crozier-obituary - Cached

Page 144 'The Visitors Book' (in Frances Bacon's Shadow) Jon Lys Turner published by Constable 2016

 

 

This page was added by Fiona Green on 06/08/2011.

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