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Maggi Hambling

Maggi Hambling

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First broadcast: Sun 18 Dec 2005

Artist

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]

Choices

Micháel mac Liammóir

1.

Micháel mac Liammóir

Lady Bracknell's Speech

George Melly

2.

George Melly

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

Others who chose this artist

St. Paul's Cathedral Choir

3.

St. Paul's Cathedral Choir

Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

Others who chose this artist

Dusty Springfield

4.

Dusty Springfield

You Don't Have To Say You Love Me

Others who chose this artist

Ludwig van Beethoven

5.

Ludwig van Beethoven

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

Orchestra: Hungarian Quartet

Others who chose this artist

Benjamin Britten

7.

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

Others who chose this artist

Marilyn Monroe

8.

Castaway's favourite

Marilyn Monroe

Runnin' Wild

Others who chose this artist

Book

The Complete Works of Just William by Richmal Crompton

Others who chose this author

Luxury item

A wine cellar from All Soul's, Oxford

Others who chose a similar luxury

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