Hambling, Maggi. (14 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)

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    Gooding, Mel (speaker, male)

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    Part 14. Maggi Hambling (MH) living in Tennyson Street during Artists' Market period. Approx 1975 was commissioned to paint portrait of man running gallery near Ladbroke Grove, not a picture she would have chosen to paint; story of preliminary work, colour study and final portrait, first portrait commission. Details of further portrait commissions. Barry Till. Death of Lett Haines in 1978. MH's paintings of Haines. Difference between painting friends and strangers. Enjoys working from life, continues to teach at Morley College partly because can draw from life there. Egremont portraits. Six consecutive morning sittings as minimum now when MH paints portrait, works on nothing else. Egremont commissions came via Nicholas Guppy. Guppy met via Vera Russell and Artists' Market. Towards end of 1970s took brave decision to cut teaching down at Morley and Wimbledon and to give up teaching at Ruskin, Oxford. Portrait of Dorothy Hodgkin, commissioned by National Portrait Gallery. Portrait of Stephen Tumin, 1992, and subsequent friendship. Portrait of Solti.

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