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More on great London artist Anna Baker (1928-1985)

- September 10th, 2012

Anna Baker at work

Anna Baker at work, courtesy of annabaker.net

Last week’s My London column on the late artist Anna Baker (1928-1985) brought responses from friends who knew her, a co-worker whose mother played ball against Anna & a former colleague whose mother babysat the young Anna on Bruce St. in Old South.

Wow . . . here are some memories from London historian Glen Curnoe. Any other memories of this remarkable Londoner? JBNBlog will be glad to share.

Here”s Glen . . .

Hi James:
I delivered LFP evening newspapers along Bruce Street 1950-57.
I delivered a paper to Anna’s parents (98 Bruce).  It was a large Victorian frame house with lots of gingerbread and a  large wrap around  verandah which was on the front and side.  The house has been altered since then.
I chatted with her parents who were quite friendly. Anna was living in the US at that time and stayed with her parents when she came home to visit.  Her parents said that there were more opportunities for her in the U.S.
The organist of Wesley Church boarded at their house.  His name was William Wickett.  He was a quiet man who had a tendency to play the  church pipe organ( Casavant) rather loudly.
I saw Anna a few times. when she was home.  She was tall and I remember seeing her smoking a cigarette with a long cigarette holder when I went to the house “collecting” for the newspaper which paper boys did once a week.
She is buried with her parents at Scottsville Cemetery  and many Baker relatives who were early settlers of the area.  The large Baker family held annual reunions.  Not sure if they still do this.  I never knew that Anna was adopted until fairly recently.
Greg delivered papers on the opposite side of Bruce St. 1950-55.  We shared a paper route until I took it over.  not sure if he was aware of Anna Baker then.
Glen

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2 comments

  1. Charles Vincent says:

    Looks like she is makining a litho print image on a stone.

  2. james.reaney says:

    Good eye as always, Charles. Details in the book about Anna Baker (World of Fantasy) reveal she’s working on the c. 1954 lithograph The Trojan Horse. The litho was apparently among her works during her time studying at the Art Institute of Chicago.

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