Hambling, Maggi. (17 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 17. Show at National Gallery at end of residency. During period of painting Max Wall did painting of Chairman of Greene King Breweries to earn money. Death of Cedric Morris in February 1982. Painting of Cedric Morris (now in British Museum) of Cedric Morris on his death-bed. Morris's funeral and reading of the Will; Morris left Maggi Hambling (MH) half his money. Morris had wanted MH to continue art school at Benton End after his death, but MH always refused. Morris's legacy enabled MH to move in late summer of 1983 from Tennyson Street to Broadhinton Road, present house. Exhibition of Max Wall paintings in 1983 at National Portrait Gallery. MH's annual July landscape course for Morley College students; visit to Suffolk with the students in 1983. [Interference on tape.] MH fell in love with Lady Oaksey, Tori Laurence, one of the students during this trip. MH's first sunrise painting done during this visit, summer 1983, details. MH suggested Tori Laurence became a student at MH's Morley College class. Felt miserable when returned to London, details of paintings of this time. Painting 'Ghost of Cedric Morris', August 1983. When returned to teach at Morley, Tori Laurence was in the class. Asked Tori Laurence to dance at Christmas party, beginning of their relationship. Development of sunrise paintings. Watercolours; oils. Each sunrise is a portrait of a particular morning, MH doesn't think they are abstract. MH's associations with sunrise; excitement, optimism, sex. Move to Broadhinton Road. Portrait of Anthony Beaver. Relationship with Laurence coincided with move to Broadhinton Road. Benton End sold following Cedric Morris's death.

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