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Brian Sewell (1931–2015)

Acerbic art critic Brian Sewell was born in London in 1931, and attended the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, where his tutors included Anthony Blunt, Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures, who became a close friend. He has been described as Britain’s most famous art critic and he described his first visit to Turkey, about which he wrote in South From Ephesus, as an eye-opener.


  • Over the hills and far away

    Brian Sewell's search for churches

    From Issue 12

    Beyond the towering Black Sea Mountains lies a hidden landscape rich with forgotten medieval churches. For centuries they were ignored, their ancient glories allowed to crumble to dust. Before new roads reached the Coruh Valley, Brian Sewell had to enlist the help of shepherds on his quest to find these forerunners of Romanesque and Gothic architecture. Photographs by Simon Upton

  • The Road to Godhead

    In the footsteps of Alexander the Great

    From Issue 2

    With his victory against the Persians at the Battle of Issus, fought in 333BC on a plain in southern Turkey, Alexander the Great changed the course of history and started his transformation into demi-god. But his troops endured a hellish march to get there. Critic and art historian Brian Sewell tried to retrace the Macedonian conqueror’s arduous route to the battlefield. Photographs by David George

  • Artistic Licence

    From Issue 9

    Kámil Gök lived all his life in the village of Dereliköy, in the heart of the Bodrum peninsula, among people who neither sculpt nor paint.

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