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Issue 45, 2011

Painting the Orient

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In this issue Briony Llwellyn reveals the vivid watercolours of the master Orientalist JF Lewis; Thomas Roueché explores the life and times of the collector Edmund de Unger; and Berrin Torolsan and Solvi Dos Santos head for the beautiful Anatolian town of Kastamonu. Plus Tim Beddow and Brigid Keenan on the fading glories of Baku’s oil-boom mansions; David Barchard on Mustafa Reşit Pasha, and Berrin Torolsan on the glories of the strawberry.


  • Drawing from Life

    John Frederick Lewis (1804–76), was the supreme orientalist, fêted for his sumptuous Ottoman scenes. The secret of his success, says Briony Llewellyn, lies in the vivid sketches he made during his time in the East

  • Oil’s Boom and Bust

    Intrigued by the fate of the glorious houses built by Azerbaijan’s first oil barons at the turn of the 20th century, Brigid Keenan and photographer Tim Beddow track down all that remains of those glory days

  • Kastamonu: The Ottoman Farmhouse

    The İzbeli family have owned a country konak south of Kastamonu since the 17th century. Today the house, with its magnificent barns, is one of the best-preserved Ottoman country houses in Turkey

  • Kastamonu: The Painted Mosque

    The jewel in Kastamonu’s crown is a mosque in Kasaba, a tiny village with a flock or two of sheep, guarded by shepherdesses, in a sea of wheat fields. Built in 1366, the Mosque of Mahmut Bey is a brilliant relic of the golden age of the Anatolian beyliks, the warring principalities that flourished when the great Byzantine and Seljuk empires were in decline

  • Turkey’s Happy Hour

    At London’s inaugural Wines of Turkey jamboree, Kevin Gould hears how the country’s winemakers are cultivating a taste for their distinctive products

  • Wild at Heart

    Strawberries growing in the wild are gems of mouth-watering delight that bear little relation to the showy, insipid-tasting fruit on supermarket shelves. But there are still good garden strawberries to be found. Berrin Torolsan encourages us to seek out locally grown, seasonal fruit bursting with fragrance. Her simple recipes celebrate the best of berries

Inside the issue

Cover Story

  1. Drawing from Life
    Briony Llewellyn on the Orientalist watercolours of JF Lewis
    [extract available online]


  1. Painting the East
    Exhibitions in Doha, Munich and Madrid
  2. Berlin's Treasures
    The Keir Collection finds a new home
  3. The Unerring Eye
    A tribute to the Hungarian collector Edmund de Unger, by Thomas Roueché
    [available online]
  4. Plus Afghan gold at the British Museum and a 2000-year-old kilim at the Spring Sales


  1. Key to Kastamonu
    From mansion to mosque, from city to seaside: a 50-page portrait, with photographs by Solvi dos Santos
  2. The Ottoman Farmhouse
    Berrin Torolsan pays a visit to a lovely but unpretentious old Ottoman country house where the family welcome guests with organic food grown on the estate
    [extract available online]
  3. A Town of Many Mansions
    A stroll around the town of Kastamonu, with its hundreds of historic konaks
  4. The Quiet Coast
    A trip from Kastamonu over dramatic mountains down to the sleepy seaside town of Inebolu
  5. The Painted Mosque
    Berrin Torolsan and the photographer Solvi dos Santos complete their quartet of articles with a small gem in a remote setting ten miles out of town: the 14th-century mosque of Mahmut Bey in Kasabaköy
    [extract available online]
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