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Elizabeth Meath Baker is a Contributing Editor of Cornucopia, and has written several Trade Secrets articles on art and artisans. She is also a member of the Walsingham Farms Shop Partnership.
The indomitable Dame Ninette de Valois, who died aged 102, held a special affection for Turkey, where in the post-war years she created the national ballet from scratch. Two of her protégés reminisce to Elizabeth Meath Baker and her visits to Ankara are recalled by the former ambassador Sir Bernard Burrows
After World War II Emin Barın (1913–87) created an entire new language for calligraphy. By Elizabeth Meath Baker
Sold in 2003 for record prices, these magical daguerrotype plates of Istanbul in the 1840s are the earliest known photographic images of the city. They are the work of Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey, an obsessive Frenchman with a passion for Islamic architecture. By Elizabeth Meath Baker
The remarkable photography of Zafer Baran emerged from a hard-edged education in a Bauhaus atmosphere. But Baran’s powers of observation were to lead him into a world of pure colour, moods and associations into which the viewer is irresistibly drawn
A 20-page celebration of Safranbolu, the perfect small town. Text by Elizabeth Meath Baker. Photographs by Jean Marie del Moral
In a 36-page tribute, Cornucopia offers five contrasting views of the largest of the Princes Islands, Büyükada. Distant enough for monastic retreat and political exile, close enough for the summer migration of Istanbul’s bourgeoisie, this beguiling island has a tranquil past but a perilous future. Andrew Finkel looks back with affection on thirty years of summer holidays; John Carswell records his first impressions; Elizabeth Meath Baker and Angela Berzeg unlock the doors to three of its most fascinating houses
Max Fruchtermann (1852 –1918) was the publisher who took the postcard to Turkey and thereby took Turkey to the world. His cards sold by the million. Mert Sandalcı – historian, archivist and librettist – has assembled thousands of these cards into three mammoth volumes. Elizabeth Meath Baker leafs through their pages.
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