Blake, Peter (20 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 20: Tape 12: Side B: Humorous Italian parking anecdotes. Gentle romance with American girl. Story about staying at the British School in Rome. Remarks about post-war Rome. Description of travelling to Spain by train to visit Jos and Joe Tilson, staying in men’s hostel in Barcelona. Clothes worn; feeling like Kerouac or Laurie Lee. Staying in the first hotel on the Costa Brava. Difficulty in finding the Tilson’s house and the Laurie Lee -like walk there. The Tilson’s fisherman’s cottage described; daily routine; breakfast; Spanish hospitality and wine from leather bottles. Jos pregnant with Jake. Madrid. Then home. Finances and arrangements through American Express. Foreign phrases learnt; anecdote about accidentally ordering a pint of sherry. Comments on communicating in a foreign language. Finding accommodation in Europe. Entertainment in Barcelona: details. Story of Ice Storm commission using cigarette packets collected on Leverhulme trip. Lists ephemera collected on the trip. Comments on not having a camera. Anecdote about meeting artist-waiter in Amsterdam. Remark about being more a student than an artist since had only just left RCA (1956). Memory of going to art schools and making friends with people who are now artists: Mark Brusse, Pat Andrea. Hotel Bonaparte room in Paris described. Remarks about feeling lonely in Antwerp. Travelling light until joined up with McGinn. Collecting at Milan trade fair; Holland fair grounds cards used in 1959 Couples. PB’s definition of ‘popular art’. Drawing materials: magic pen nib described, size of sketchbooks and their contents. Portfolio sold to Robert Fraser. Favourite places: Paris and Amsterdam. Reasons for not wanting to live abroad like Hockney and Dick Smith.

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