Blake, Peter (19 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

  • Interviewees

    Blake, Peter, 1932- (speaker, male)

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    Sandino, Linda, (speaker, female)

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    Part 19: Tape 12: Side A: [15 December 2003] Definition of PB’s ‘conceptual retirement’. Description of residency at The National Gallery [NG]; anecdote about showing Paul McCartney [PMc] round The NG. Dinner with PMc at the Ivy. Remarks about The Colony Room and The Mandrake Club where PB attended last party given by Minton. PB’s lunch habits. Continues description of The Colony Room, its managers and members. Begins detailed description of Leverhulme research trip to Europe to study popular art [1957]; other scholarly applicants’ research. Mentions Barbara Jones’ and Enid Marx’s interest in popular art. Continues description of European tour based on Colin Hayes’s Grand Tour-like list: mentions accommodation, friendships, museums, jazz concerts, description of places visited, artists discovered in Holland and France. Story of meeting up with Pete McGinn in France and travelling with him towards Rome. Anecdote about spending a night in a French village and seeing travelling cinema, drinking good red wine. Nice caravan site. Description of painting ‘The Beach at Nice’; mentions fountain by Joe Tilson. On not seeing Picasso in Antibes café. German motorcycle circus and poster. Detailed description of being in out-of control (van) accident in Monaco on steep hill without brakes. Finances. Story of staying at the Roman Catholic seminary run by Father Tucker who introduced Grace Kelly to Prince Rainier; answering the phone when Kelly rang. PM’s affairs. Another crash. Staying with, and drawing circus in Italy.

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