Category Archives: Art

Royal Academy of Arts London + Senate Room

Well Connected | Café Society A private tour of the soon-to-open new galleries and lecture theatre of the Royal Academy of Arts led by the Secretary and Chief Executive, Charles Saumarez Smith*. But first, morning coffee in The Academicians’ Room in … Continue reading

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Sir John Soane’s Museum + Emily Allchurch

Collage of the Titans After organising a hugely successful and academically driven Irish Georgian Society London work-in-progress tour of Pitzhanger Manor, Sir John Soane’s country home (due to reopen to the public next year), an invitation to breakfast at his … Continue reading

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Bonhams Restaurant London + Tom Kemble

Lots to Eat Its dual address summons up flattering visions of country estates and urban sophistication. Haunch of Venison Yard and New Bond Street. Neither entrance is entirely obvious. The former is through a passageway into a courtyard; the latter … Continue reading

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Ballygally Head County Antrim + Lavender’s Blue

The Mists of Time “And in that day the mountains will drip with sweet wine”

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Lille Cathedral + The Basilica of Notre Dame de Ia Treille

Pointed Arches Circling the Globe Mid 19th century England saw a flowering of Gothic Revival architects: George Gilbert Scott, William Butterfield, William White and of course the Pugin dynasty. Across the Channel, things were pretty pointed too. At the dawn … Continue reading

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Lavender’s Blue + The Irish Times + The Gloss

Russian Unorthodox Lavender’s Blue. A Vision | A Residence | A Blog. Our Gesamtkunstwerk. A decade of collecting and arranging. Irish country house attic style. So where better to celebrate in print than The Irish Times? Better again, The Gloss … Continue reading

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Pasaje Defensa San Telmo + Casa Pardo San Telmo

We Cry, We Laugh, We Seek, We Shop “Do you like Chopin?” goes the old joke. “Only in San Telmo,” we sardonically reply. Nobody does shabby chic better than the Porteños – except the Anglo Irish. But they’re another story … Continue reading

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Teatro Colón Buenos Aires + Antonín Dvořák’s Rusalka

Linger for a Moment Ana María Martínez, Puerto Rico’s finest vocal export, is known for her dramatic performances. A few years ago, opera lovers at Glyndebourne were treated to rather more drama than they anticipated. The soprano, who was playing … Continue reading

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Cavanacor House + Cavanacor Gallery Donegal

Weathering Well An anaemic sun blurred against a bleached sky casts no shadows over the house or garden. Close the cast iron gates and the 10 acre estate folds in on itself. Set back from the coast, it’s a rural … Continue reading

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Trevor Newton + Dartmouth House Mayfair

The First September The new year really starts each autumn. As the first golden leaves fall, where is it possible to see The Wallace Collection, Sir John Soane’s Museum and a swathe of Parisian hôtels particuliers in one room? In … Continue reading

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