Discover how an ambassador’s writings on harem life inspired the odalisques of Ingres, and how the Orient inspired Frederick Leighton’s interior design in a Victorian artist’s homage to Ottoman style. Patricia Daunt visits the Hekimbaşı’s yalı, Tim Beddow travels with his yurt; we explore the enchanted Lycian coast; and discover treasures in the Süleymaniye Library. Plus feasting on irresistible aubergines
Hekimbaşı Salih Efendi was the last Chief Physician to the Ottoman court, a scholar and a reformer. But plants were his passion. His gardens have gone, but the house lives on. By Patricia Daunt. Photographs: Simon Upton
When the intrepid Lady Mary Wortley Montagu travelled with her husband’s embassy to Turkey in 1716, she recorded the minutiae of life on the road and in her ‘new world’. . Remarkably open-minded, her innocent observations inspired Ingres to paint some of the greatest erotic masterpieces of the Romantic movement.
‘There are not so many places left where magic reigns without interruption,’ wrote Freya Stark in The Lycian Shore, ‘and of all those I know, the coast of Lycia was the most magical.’ Barnaby Rogerson went with Rose Baring and four-month-old Molly in search of enchantment. Photographs by Faruk Akbas
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