Ackroyd, Norman (5 of 24).  National Life Stories: Artists' Lives

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    2009-05-25, 2009-06-15, 2009-08-10, 2009-09-14, 2009-12-14, 2010-01-11, 2010-02-08, 2011-05-09, 2011-05-16, 2011-05-06

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    Interviewee's studio, London

  • Interviewees

    Ackroyd, Norman, 1938- (speaker, male)

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    Courtney, Cathy, 1954- (speaker, female)

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    Part 5: [16:08] NA’s brother, Winston, became specialist in engine maintenance for Wallace Arnold, now runs a taxi; Winston’s wife Judy, three daughters. First deaths NA experienced, grandparents; thoughts about death. Andrew Marvell’s poem, To His Coy Mistress, Thomas Wyatt’s The Flee From Me Who Sometimes Did Me Seek; importance of poetry to NA, relationship to etching. (11:09) Doesn’t think about own death, just carries on with what wants to do next. Is privileged to do what he wants and earn a living from it. Excitement about current work and what will do tomorrow; will work on three of the prints pinned to the beam. Tutors at Royal College of Art (RCA) included Carel Weight. Leonard Rosoman. Mary Fedden. Excitement about forthcoming work; Galapagos project; National Trust has made a house available to NA, St Kilda. Leonard Rosoman, David Hockney (DH). President’s Lunch, RA. [16:08]

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