Blake, Peter (27 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 27: Tape 19: Side A: [11 November 2004] Detailed description of reasons for moving to Wellow: anecdote about superficiality of celebrity culture [magazine article about PB’s bathroom]. Lists other artists who moved out of London. Story about buying Wellow railway station building and land from British Rail (1968). Costs involved. Conversion: details. Studio (1973) in old chapel. Furniture: details. Description of mechanism which removed the railway sleepers, planting an orchard, the Alice in Wonderland garden and pavilion. Mentions current owners’ continuation of PB’s plans. Humorous story about visit from railway enthusiasts. History and attraction of Somerset and Dorset line and its importance to the village. Peter Watts, sculptor, already living in Wellow. Villagers’ acceptance of PB and family although ‘always outsiders’. Local friends. General remarks about male friends. Peter Watts’ background and work on Bath Abbey. Wanting to be self-sufficient. Attitude to country living; keeping chickens. Anecdote about Robert Fraser’s visit to Wellow; mentions visit from Justin de Villeneuve and Twiggy. Learning to drive; story about Jann’s attitude to PB’s driving. Lists cars owned. Effect of fatherhood on PB in becoming a Ruralist. Story of loss of first baby. Births of Liberty and Daisy. Comments on shock of losing a baby. Birth of Rose. Comments on wanting to have children. Daughters’ full names: details.

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