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Goodison, Nicholas (9 of 46) National Life Stories: City Lives
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Goodison, Nicholas (speaker, male)
Courtney, Cathy, 1954- (speaker, female)
Part 9 (tape 5 side A): Memories of meetings of Royal Academy in evenings – gloomy, bad lighting, fierce portable lighting brought in: effect on looking at paintings. Says scholarly knowledge of art history initially generally minimal. Meeting to assess painting by Bronzino; anecdote about committee’s reactions. About meetings with Sir Anthony Blunt, a valuable member, and his resignation when treason came to light. His work as Chairman of Fund; lunches for Ministers or museum directors; help given by volunteers; council of patrons; Fund’s magazine and membership increase; targeting ‘urban intelligentsia’; £100,000 invested in campaign over three years, now 85,000 members, a strong political force. About legacies, buying own building, advantages thereof. Contemporary Art Society founded 1910 to buy art for museums; compares their differing roles. Talks about Nancy Balfour as chair of Contemporary Art Society; her status as an economist. Names all members of committee, how they came to be appointed, their previous connections; the role of nomination committee, names and members. David Attenborough great expert on ethnic arts; mentions various different specialist museums throughout the country using outside expert opinion. NG’s lecture on corporate giving; TSB’s charitable community projects; theme of questions from audience. Importance of Courtauld Institute; his chairmanship; his interest in the arts; how he came to be invited to join the board.
Interview with Sir Nicholas Goodison, Chairman of the Stock Exchange (1976–1988) the TSB Group (1989–1995), the Courtauld Institute of Art, (1982–2002), the National Art Collections Fund (1986–2002), and National Life Stories (2003–).