Maguire, Robert (4 of 19) National Life Story Collection: Architects' Lives

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    Interviewee's home, London

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    Maguire, Robert, 1931 (speaker, male)

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    Sandino, Linda (speaker, female)

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    Part 4: Gift spent on drawing instruments. Memory of first day at AA, being seated next to Jake Nicholson, son of Ben and Winifred Nicholson [WN]. Kate Nicholson became RM's girlfriend. Cycling to WN's house in Cumberland from London. Comments on visit as a 'cultural turning point'. Wilfred and Charles Roberts' background: mentions Narworth Castle. Comparison of WN's modernist interior with that of her brother's Arts and Crafts home. RM's guest room and contents described including works by B Nicholson, Mondrian and Staite Murray. Description of Howard Coles Travelling Studentship to study vernacular architecture. RM's constructivist sculptures. WN 'the perfect mother figure'. Story about visiting Helen Sutherland, patron of Gabo, W and BN; description of her house by Leslie Martin overlooking Ullswater. Anecdote about repairing Gabo sculpture. Sutherland collection acquired by the Tate Gallery through Nicolette Grey. Spent holidays at WN's until end of relationship with Kate, a painter. Roberts family: Charles, Kate, Jake and Andrew, governor of Claremont School who commissioned Maguire & Co, wrote books about WN, organised WN retrospective where RM met Kate again: details. Mentions plans to retire to the Scottish borders. WN's household and routine: details. Description of wife Alison [Williams] [AWM] father's privileged background: his acceptance of post war social changes. Comments on impatience with snobbery. RM's Roman Catholic [RC] religious education; parents' attitude to religion; reasons AM withdrew from becoming RC. Droop St head master took children to mass when evacuated. On being a RC at Bancroft.

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