Blake, Peter (9 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 9: Tape 5: Side A [no recording Side B] Memory of first days at the RCA: mentions tea lady Mrs Bucket, wife of Sunday painter. Description of RCA interview with R Darwin and J Minton playing good cop/bad cop. Impressions of post-war London in 1951. Mentions clothes worn. RCA curriculum and life room described. Comments on Frank Auerbach and Leon Kossoff’s drawing techniques at the RCA. Atmosphere in the life room. Teaching methods of RCA tutors. Anecdote about losing all first year work because left in locker. Description of PB’s meticulous approach to drawing, ‘in the spirit of Ingres’, as a student. Mentions life class models including Quentin Crisp, Johnny Noble, Johnny Earsley. Description of RCA social life; mentions Rosie Phipps [Hilton], Bobby Beswick, Dave Trestwick. Comments on being in love and speculation about others’ actual sex lives in the absence of contraception. Regional and class differences between students at Gravesend and RCA; mentions Julia Wolstenholme, painting and graphics students, meeting and continuing friendship with Alan Fletcher. Remarks about fitting in with graphics students and painters. Comments on dapper clothes worn and denim jacket bought in France. Shopping for clothes with Pete Ayres. Vivid description of clothes worn by RCA female students; trousers rare though memory of lesbian who wore suit in Dartford. Anecdote about Pauline Boty’s jeans. Lodging while at RCA first in Queensgate and Kensington High Street with P Ayres, subsequently with Dick [Richard] Smith in Notting Hill Gate.

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