Hambling, Maggi. (8 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 8. (Interview 21st November 1995) Loss of virginity. Rodin, gay, black male ballet dancer. Maggi Hambling (MH) aged 40 composed poem re her sexuality. Early sexual awareness. Attraction to girls and to feminine men. Drawings of people of ambivalent sex. End first year of Camberwell, met and fell in love with Suzanne Knealde, details. List of possibilities to go to bed with. Moved with Knealde to Greenwich to house owned by Lett Haine's nephew, Gerry; 'Queers' Castle'. Affair with Colonel Phillip Oliver in second year at Camberwell. Deep friendship with Yolande Sonnabend. Sonnabend's house, 30 Hamilton Terrace, place where MH and her friends felt they grew up. MH's attitude to sex. Further details Camberwell course. Robert Medley wanted each of the students to be presented with their personality. Similarities between Robert Medley and Lett Haines. David Sylvester's seminar group at Camberwell. Visit to Tate when David Sylvester setting up Giacometti show. Meeting Giacometti. Sylvester's approach. Nicolette Coates. MH's talk on Constable. Michael Prodro on Ghiberti's bronze doors and Baudelaire. Further details Robert Medley. Medley went to teach at Slade at same time as MH went to Slade. Friendship with Medley lasted until his death. Rupert Doone. Gregory Brown. Derek Jarman. Attitude to being gay.

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