England’s Empire Style Interiors

Posted on by David Gelber

When Fatima Manji visits a stately home, which is something she often does, she walks swiftly past the portraits of porcelain-skinned landowners and the European art collected by a son on the Grand Tour. She is looking for something else: a brown-skinned sitter in a portrait, say, or some Arabic or Urdu lettering. These are […]

How Bloody is Thy Dwelling Place

Posted on by David Gelber

Decades ago, I visited the ruins of Rievaulx Abbey in Yorkshire with an art historian friend. It was a mellow October afternoon, and the mossy stones and turning trees composed themselves into an English scene as lovely as any watercolour of the early 19th century. It was only when my friend said that he sometimes […]

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