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Reid, Sir Norman (4 of 13). National Life Story Collection: Artists' Lives.

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    2000-02-03, 2000-04-12, 2000-12-20, 2005-03-29, 2005-05-06

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    Reid, Sir Norman, 1915-, (speaker, male)

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    Courtney, Cathy (speaker, female)

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    Part 4. Sir Norman Reid [NR] talks about Lawrence Gowing’s qualities; his later career. Politics of Trustee meetings; Ceri Richards; Victor Pasmore; Pasmore on Bracque. Matisse’s ‘Escargot’. Constitutional rule that there be two artist-trustees; architect on Board. Tradition that Tate director would have preview of Royal Academy summer show for purchases. Bob Sainsbury. NR’s suggestion that Tate gave up purchase rights, Academy’s reaction negative. Hugh Casson. John Rothenstein [JR] stopped NR showing paintings at Royal Academy, although has begun to show there since retirement from Tate. JR supported Barnet Friedman because of relationship with Friedman’s father, William. Description of NR’s painting in Royal Academy at time of visit with JR. Tom Monnington. Tate’s Turner show at Royal Academy. Munnings. Dinner party for Winston Churchill when made Royal Academician; Churchill used to paint with John Robertson Reid, NR’s great uncle. Hugh Casson wanted Turners to go to Sommerset House. Kenneth Clark. Henry Moore. Turner watercolours went to British Museum in 1928, after flood. Tate doesn’t own them as they were vested in National Gallery; NR tried to get them back and failed. Sir Charles Clore and his daughter; Jeremy Hutchison; Clore Turner Gallery; arts minister Norman St. John Stevas. Constables at V&A. Impressions of Ceri Richards.

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Reid, Sir Norman (4 of 13). National Life Story Collection: Artists' Lives.

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