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Issue 10, 1996

Ingres and Lady Mary

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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


  • Travels with my Yurt

    The traditional tent of Central Asian nomads is a pleasure dome fit for the gods, says Tim Beddow

  • Water’s Edge

    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

  • Leighton’s Orient

    The Victorian painter Frederick Leighton went to extraordinary lengths to create his pink, black, blue and gold domed Arab Hall in London. By Caroline Juler with photographs by Fritz von der Schulenburg

  • Foundation of Learning

    Süleyman the Magnificent’s city within a city above the Golden Horn has come to house one of the world’s finest collections of books and ancient manuscripts.

  • Order of the bath

    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.

  • Lycian Shore: Mediterranean Travels

    ‘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

  • Purple Reign

    Its rich, subtle flavour lends itself to a multitude of melting concoctions. Berrin Torolsan traces the story of this most lustrous fruit and serves up an irresistible feast.
    More cookery features

  • The Consul’s Retreat

    In the early nineteenth century the redoubtable Englishman John Barker built a country retreat in the province of Hatay, close to the present-day Syrian border, planting his estate with exotic fruit trees, watching over the British Empire’s Indian Mail, and entertaining guests with music on the mechanical organ. David Morray looks back on the golden age of ‘Suedia Hall’

  • Connoisseur 10

    From the art capitals of the world, a round-up of Islamic and Orientalist art

Inside the issue

Book Reviews

  1. The Trojan Trail
    Philippa Scott on Caroline Moorehead’s The Lost Treasures of Troy and David Traill’s Schliemann of Troy: Treasure and Deceit
  2. Wrapped in a Cloud
    Antony Wynn on Songs of the Steppes of Central Asia, the collected poems of Makhtumkuli, translated by Yusuf Azemoun and verified by Brain Aldiss
  3. Colourful Tales in Black and White
    Christopher Ferrard on Constantinople: City of the World's Desire, by Philip Mansel
  4. Three Cheers for Norwich
    John Freely on Byzantium: The Decline and Fall, by John Julius Norwich
  5. Modern Reverie
    John R O'Connor on James Lovett's
    Turkish Album
  6. The Human Dimension
    John Carswell on Henry Glassie’s Turkish Traditional Art Today and Doğan Kuban’s The Turkish Hayat House
  7. Fringe Benefits
    Philippa Scott on The Tribal Eye: Antique Kilims of Anatolia, by Peter Davies; Kilims: The Complete Guide, by Alastair Hull and Jose Luczyc-Wyhowska; Oriental Rugs: Vol 4 Turkish, by K Zipper and C Fritsche; Hagop Kapoudjian, by George F Farrow


  1. Counterpoint Habitat II, Can Istanbul show the world the way? by Andrew Finkel
  2. Connoisseur Orientalist and Islamic Art: A Viewers Guide, compiled by Philippa Scott [extract available online]
  3. Diary Party Lines, Pipelines, Headlines, Phone Lines, by Andrew Finkel
  4. Shopping Crockery and Cashmere, Silk and Steel. Bridget Freer on Istanbul's Decorist Fair, 1996
  5. Property Palazzos and grottoes
  6. Restaurants and Bars Princely Treasures, by Andrew Finkel. Doing Lunch, by Tom Gattos. Venice in the East, Ankara's Santini Restaurant, by David Barchard
  7. Diary of Events Festivals, fairs, courses and tours in Turkey and round the world
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