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Maggi Hambling

Duration:
45 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 18 December 2005

Sue Lawley's castaway this week is the artist Maggi Hambling.
Above all else, she is known as a painter of people. Over the past 30 years she has painted George Melly, Stephen Fry and Michael Gambon among many others. But in the early years, her subjects were not well known; instead they were characters she saw on the streets or in the bars of South London. People whose faces she would commit to memory so that she could draw them when she returned to her studio.

She was the first artist to be given a residency at the National Gallery and in 1995 won the Jerwood Prize. But although she remains in great demand as a portrait painter, her work provokes controversy too - her tribute to Benjamin Britten, an enormous scallop shell standing on the shore at Aldeburgh, continues to divide opinion in the town.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Favourite track: Runnin' Wild by Marilyn Monroe
Book: The Complete Works of Just William by Richmal Crompton
Luxury: A wine cellar from All Soul's, Oxford

Music Played

8 items
  • Image for Micháel mac Liammóir

    Micháel mac Liammóir Lady Bracknell's Speech

    From The Importance of Being Oscar - one man show

  • Image for George Melly

    George Melly Then I'll Be Happy (with the John Chilton's Feetwarmers)

    Anything Goes, PRT Records

  • Image for St. Paul's Cathedral Choir

    St. Paul's Cathedral Choir Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

    Music of St Paul’s Cathedral, Hyperion

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    Dusty Springfield You Don't Have To Say You Love Me

    25 Years of Rock and Roll: 1966, Connoisseur Collection

  • Image for Ludwig van Beethoven

    Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet No.14 in C sharp minor, Op. 131

    Orchestra: Hungarian Quartet

    Beethoven: The Complete String Quartets, EMI

  • Image for Noël Coward

    Noël Coward Let's Do It

    The Noël Coward Album, Sony

  • Image for Benjamin Britten

    Benjamin Britten Lacrimosa (from War Requiem)

    Soloist: Galina Vishnevskaya Choir: The Bach Choir and the London Symphony Orchestra Chorus Orchestra: The London Symphony Orchestra Conductor: Benjamin Britten

    War Requiem, Decca

  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Image for Marilyn Monroe

      Marilyn Monroe Runnin' Wild

      Some Like It Hot Soundtrack, Ryko Discs

Credits

Presenter
Sue Lawley
Interviewed Guest
Maggi Hambling

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