De Francia, Peter (13 of 20). National Life Stories Collection: Artists' Lives.

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    2000-02-24, 2000-03-23, 2000-05-15, 2000-07-20, 2000-08-11, 2000-09-28, 2000-10-04, 2001-02-14

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    Interviewee's home in London

  • Interviewees

    De Francia, Peter, 1921-2012 (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Roberts, Melanie (speaker, female)

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    Peter de Francia talks generally about art fairs, which leads on to his suggesting that the real dealers have been replaced by 'people selling socks and sausages'. Tells an anecdote about Profumo and Castelli moaning about hard times while clinching a £36,000 deal. Asked if he had ever been attached to a gallery, PdeF talks of never having been tempted and of his discomfort in promoting himself in art circles. Referring to his second home in France, he describes his working pattern there and changing patterns in the village before he had to give up going three years ago.

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