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Reid, Sir Norman (5 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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    Interviewee's home.

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

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    Courtney, Cathy (speaker, female)

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    Part 5. Sir Norman Reid [NR] discusses his wife, Jean, and her role in his career. NR’s photograph albums. NR and Jean both students at Edinburgh, where NR first encountered Margaret Mellis, an older student; details of their relationship. NR’s interest in constructions; Kurt Schwitters; Paul Klee. Naum Gabo and Schwitters in Hamburg. Richard Long. Schwitters’ executor; rise in prices of the work. Robert Odine. NR never had sufficient money to be a collector; rules of Tate meant that had first to offer all works to gallery; NR regrets not buying from Hanover Gallery early Henry Moore drawing for £25; John Rothenstein bought it for Tate. Friends have given Reid works; NR bought two early paintings by Ian Stephenson. Etchings of landscapes on walls of childhood house; art that excited NR as a child was in institutions rather than households. Childhood visit to Royal Academy to see French Exhibition, around 1930; Poussin. Life class at Goldsmiths, further details of student environment. NR’s imaginative world very different from that of his parents; NR glad he left home at 17 to go to Edinburgh; lived in small private hotel on Royal Terrace, details. Met Jean within a few months. Evening classes every working day; outline of course. William Gillies. Mary Fedden. Peter Westwater teaching in Edinburgh when NR was student. Books borrowed by NR from Dulwich Library; Ozenfant’s ‘Foundations of Modern Art’, which NR bought in its publication year, still admires this work. Dennis Peploe studied with Ozenfant in London. Encounter with Erno Goldfinger.

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Reid, Sir Norman (5 of 13). National Life Story Collection: Artists' Lives.

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