Blake, Peter (10 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 10: Tape 6: Side A: [3 July 2003] What PB did on recent birthday described. Comments on being recognised. Description of PB and Chrissie Blake’s [CB] involvement with local Chiswick community: mentions Hogarth’s statue, William Hogarth School, PB’s print ‘Pug’ as fundraiser. Description of William Hogarth School. Anecdote about being recognised on the tube. Continues story of CB’s involvement in Hogarth statue and campaign to save the railings; mentions David Hockney and Ian Hislop. Description of current Chiswick home and its purchase having met CB in 1980. Style of furniture and rooms described. CB’s studio and current ambitions. PB doesn’t cook now but was taught by mother. CB’s cooking and meals: details. Newspapers read. Breakfast. Selection of PB’s work for RA Summer Show 2003 including prototype sculptures, National Gallery Madonna: details. Comments on poor hanging of work and reasons for this. Mentions successful sales of Paul Weller record cover print compared to Pentangle print sales [so far]. RA Summer Show members submission procedure described; mentions [current] inclusion of Frank Stella’s work. Experience of the highs and lows of being Senior Hanger described: mentions John Hoyland and Allen Jones. Comments on not being included in [current] Sculpture Room. Description of the Blackpool promenade sculpture commission; mentions the Art Department Manchester commissioning service; PB’s circus theme to be scaled up by foundry. Council worries about its fragility. Alterations to make sculpture safer. Mentions AB Foundry at Mile End also used by Flanagan and Turnbull. Remarks about always having wanted to make bronzes though Waddington not interested. Finances. Putting money back in to make more ‘Among my souvenirs’ series: lists those to be editioned. Description of current projects: Tate book despite initial reluctance, book for Edward Booth-Clibborn and three exhibitions for Waddington with description of theme for ‘1 to 10’.

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