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Richard Dadd’s Middle Eastern Sketchbooks

Two views of Valletta, Malta.

Richard Dadd is perhaps most famous as the Victorian fairy-painter who killed his father and subsequently spent 40 years as an inmate of Bedlam and Broadmoor. Although accurate, this oversimplifies the life and career of this extremely talented and troubled artist. Dadd suffered a breakdown whilst travelling with his patron in the Middle East in […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.68

The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.68 The great Cleopatra , ruler of ancient Egypt, with her legendary beauty gives her name to this Willesden ‘health spa’!  We are moving on up the Tower…. whether you like the places or not they all make up this incredibly diverse city. 140 High Road, London NW10 […]

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The Rejected Divorce Gift & The Egyptian Pharaoh

To return to Napoleon’s marital affairs, today I’d like to introduce a great example of French porcelain from the Empire Period, that was part of a divorce gift rejected by Empress Josephine. This dinner plate will feature in a display demonstrating how Napoleon made the decorative and fine arts central to his new image and how […]

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Cleopatra’s Needle

The barge she sat in, like a burnish’d throne, Burned on the water: the poop was beaten gold; Purple the sails, and so perfumed that The winds were lovesick with them; the oars were silver, Which to the tune of flutes kept stroke, and made The water which they beat to follow faster, As amorous […]

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