Cornucopia lifts the lid on the story of the spectacular winter embassies of Ottoman Istanbul, investigates Thomas Hope and the rediscovered drawings of this Regency dandy, journey to the Abkhazian homelands; hunt for Ottoman silks; and spot birds of the Sultan marshes. Finally feasting on pomegranates, the jewels of winter
Vanmour and the Guardis, by Jean Michel Casa. An exhibition at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice, on Jean-Baptiste Vanmour perhaps the earliest Orientalist painter.
In 1983 Fani-Maria Tsigakou of the Benaki Museum in Athens found five volumes of late 18th-century drawings of Ottoman Empire subjects by Thomas Hope. David Watkin assesses Hope’s orientalism and its place in the development of Regency style.