Hambling, Maggi. (1 of 22). National Life Story Collection: Artists' Lives

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    1995-10-24 and 1995-10-27 and 1995-11-13 and 1995-11-21 and 1995-11-28 and 1995-12-11 and 1996-01-26

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    Interviewee's studio, London, United Kingdom

  • Interviewees

    Hambling, Maggi, 1945- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Gooding, Mel (speaker, male)

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    Part 1. (Interview 24th October 1995) Born October 23rd 1945 in Sudbury, Suffolk. First memories and stories about Maggi Hambling (MH) as a baby. Hadleigh Hall School, small private school aged four. Awareness of class. Gangs at school. Mother and father. Father worked in local Barclays Bank. Mother had been a teacher, stopped work on marriage, was very much the person who brought MH up. MH has one sister, eleven years older, and brother ten years older. Brother treated MH like a brother, MH thought of self as a boy. Brother practising kissing on MH at stage when he was beginning to be interested in girls. Sister very fond of MH. Sister to Queen's Secretarial College, MH went to stay with her, but spent more time with brother. Photos of brother and sister in parents' house but few of MH, thinks this is one of the reasons she wanted to be famous. Father distant and rather bad-tempered when at home but was leading light of amateur dramatic society. Mother's appearance on stage during courtship by father. MH appeared in local dramatic society. Impact of early involvement with theatre. Desire to be famous stemmed from insecurity. Drawings as a child of androgynous people. Failed to get into Ipswich High School, in retrospect a good thing. Went to Amberfield instead. Further details of relationship with mother and father. MH a tomboy. Countryside during childhood. When moved to house father still lives in, MH able to have a dog. Sport. Childhood gardens.

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