Goldfinger, Peter (5 of 33) National Life Story Collection: Architects' Lives

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    Interviewee's home, London and the British Library

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    Goldfinger, Peter, 1933- (speaker, male)

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    Courtney, Cathy (speaker, female)

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    Part 5: Toys/bricks cont. Lived at Lubetkin’s Highpoint after Markham Square. Memories of UB making scene using moss and china horses. Built dolls’ house for sister with EG. Use of garden room in basement of Willow Road as place to leave toys out. When returned from Canada went to boarding school and was only home for holidays. Meccano and US equivalent. Blackboard door in nursery. Red was PG’s favourite colour. Further details toys. Card games. Not a household where music was played much. EG built record player brought from Paris into cabinet, but it was little used. Murphy radio. Parents generous in letting PG’s friends stay, eg during his late teens. [End of recording.] Recording September 2 1999. Conversation in reference to family photographs PG and CC have just been looking at. EG’s cameras and interest in photography as an art and as a means of documenting buildings; kept photos in very methodical way. Parents’ friend, Ylla, famous animal photographer eventually killed in Africa by a rhinoceros, took photos of Goldfinger children in New York. Other photographers who took pictures of the G children; further details of Ylla. Karsh photos of G children were published in the press. EG’s photography of the family; had developing room at Willow Road. Suitcase at Willow Road full of photographs. EG ‘quite an exuberant person’....but ‘it was important that things were done well and properly according to his lights’. Difficult to rebel as a teenager because E and U were understanding. Incident on Broads in boat when PG felt EG overbearing. PG also a liberal parent. EG would lose his temper with his assistants in the office, verbal rather than physical anger. Doesn’t remember particularly being disciplined; mild fights between children. PG doesn’t know what EG’s mother would have thought of environment at Willow Road. Memory of EG being scolded by his mother. PG with brother, Mike, and EG visited Max Ernst in Paris after the War. Role of France in PG’s life. Memories of Amedee Ozenfant ticking off EG whilst staying in France next door to Le Corbusier

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