We write with great sadness of the sudden death of Briony Llewellyn, a dear friend to many and a notable contributor to Cornucopia. Briony's lifelong work on British artists in the Near and Middle East was an all-consuming passion, and her tireless scholarship made her pre-eminent in the field. Like the paintings she admired, Briony radiated a sense of adventure coupled with a comforting domesticity. She was as at home roaming the mountains of eastern Turkey as sitting by the family AGA in East Anglia, unravelling the contradictions of a John Lewis Frederick watercolour as scattering grain for the hens in her garden. Her kindness attracted a large and loyal following and she will be sorely missed by family and friends, and by her colleagues in the art historical world with whom she generously shared her knowledge. A fuller appreciation of Briony will appear in the next issue of Cornucopia.
Briony Llewellyn, born July 4, 1952, died March 12, 2023