Blake, Peter (6 of 28).  National Life Stories: Artists' Lives

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    2003-04-22, 2003-06-12, 2003-07-03, 2003-09-04, 2003-11-24, 2003-12-15, 2004-03-22, 2004-07-08, 2004-08-06, 2004-11-11, 2005-02-07

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    Interviewee's studio, London

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    Blake, Peter, 1932- (speaker, male)

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    Sandino, Linda, (speaker, female)

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    Part 6: Tape 3: Side A: Continues description of accident, the injuries suffered and its after effects. Discussion about the origins and impact of PB’s shyness which, dissipated on entering National Service, with a place was secured at the RCA. Remarks about the difficulty of leaving home. Story about first record bought at shop where Auntie Joy worked. Falling in love: details. Story of first sexual experience. Art influences: Stanley Spencer, Edward Bawden, Paul Nash, Ben Nicholson. Mentions Gravesend tutor who was a style influence. How art school teachers treated students. Description of PB’s haircut and the significance of crew cuts. Remarks about the distinction between role models and heroes with examples; mentions Charlie Vaughan, Sam Bartram. Winston Churchill, Chet Baker, Elvis Presley, Donald Campbell. The Blake family and politics: details. Description of the social significance and signs of class even in art schools at the RCA, Gravesend, and Beckenham. Remarks on financial status and aspirations of Parents and semi-detached house bought in 1937. Story about Mum buying PB corduroy jacket and book about Chagall. PB’s collecting habits as a boy including anecdote about making a belt [see also Tape 2A] with army badges later losing it. Lists other objects and magazines collected. Description of junkyard near Gravesend station; first three things bought: set of Shakespeare, painting of the Queen Mary and papier maché tray which became fashionable in the 50s. Other paintings bought: details.

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