Milton Avery is considered one of North America’s greatest 20th-century painters. Milton Avery: American Colourist is the first comprehensive exhibition of the artist’s work in Europe.
It brings together a selection of around 70 of his most celebrated paintings featuring landscapes, portraits, scenes of city life and studies of the human form. Take a tour of the exhibition with curator Edith Devaney, advisor to the Milton Avery Trust Waqas Wajahat, and Avery’s grandson and artist Sean Cavanaugh.
Bordering leafy Hyde Park, Mayfair is an upscale district of elegant Georgian townhouses, exclusive hotels, and gourmet restaurants. Its world-famous retailers include bespoke tailors on Savile Row and designer fashions on Bond Street. Shoppers also head to high-end Burlington Arcade and Shepherd Market, a cluster of independent boutiques and traditional pubs. Cool modern art galleries line Cork Street.
Intrigue and romance were synonymous with Mayfair long before Bridgerton appeared on our screens, discovers Carla Passino.
If a part of London were ever to be crowned Queen of Romance, Mayfair would be it. The former home of Dame Barbara Cartland and the literary backdrop to Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton (although the Netflix series was mostly filmed in Bath for Regency authenticity), it has witnessed love affairs, romps and liaisons as entrancing as any penned by either author.
Its very foundation rests on a wedding: the one between heiress Mary Davies and Sir Thomas Grosvenor, whose descendants would become the Dukes of Westminster. Their eldest son, Sir Richard, was the first to embark on a building programme that would turn an unremarkable estate into one London’s most fashionable addresses.
By the 1790s, multiple dukes lived in the area, including a royal one, the Duke of Gloucester, and his daughter, Princess Sophia Matilda, who was born in Mayfair — as was, much later, The Queen (at her grandfather’s house, 17, Bruton Street, now demolished).
Join us in London for a behind the scenes visit with interior designer Alidad in his sophisticated Mayfair home. With a passion for textiles, antiques and history, Alidad has created timeless spaces that are a testament to his wide ranging interests and tastes. See how his love of opulent color and pattern translates to a different effect in every room. Learn how he segued from his position at Sotheby’s as the youngest departmental director for Islamic works of art and textiles to opening his own studio.
Alidad is an award winning interior designer, world renowned for his opulent yet supremely comfortable interiors.
Alidad first decided to establish his interior design studio whilst working at Sotheby’s where he was the youngest departmental director for Islamic works of art and textiles. Whilst there, he realised that his interest lay more in styling the space than the actual objects within.
Alidad’s design style is inspired by an idyllic childhood spent in the ancient, rich and mysterious land of Persia. His deep appreciation for history means that he can completely immerse himself in any true design aesthetic from Baroque to Neo-Classicism, Chinoiserie to Art Deco.
Today we will walk through Mayfair, London in the rain. From Oxford Street to Berkeley Square, we will discover some beautiful parks and Mount Street where there are many historical buildings with luxury stores. Enjoy the view of London and the sound of autumn rain.
SIGHTS TIME STAMPS: (Please see the pinned comment for the associated times below) ● Selfridge Department ● The Beaumont Hotel (right) ● Brown Hart Gardens ● Ukrainian Church ● Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square (right) ● Grosvenor Square ● Roosevelt Statue ● Meditation 1554, 2019 by Seo Young-Deok ● 34 Mayfair Restaurant ● Richoux Restaurant ● James Purdey & Sons Gun Shop ● Crouching Figure No. 4 ● The Connaught Hotel ● Mount Street Gardens ● Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception ● Drinking Fountain by Ernest George, Grade II ● Mayfair Library ● Thomas Goode Chinaware Shop ● Blue Plaque: J. Arthur Rank, 1888-1972 Industrialist and Film Producer worked here ● Blue Plaque: Lord Ashﬁeld,1874-1948, First Chairman of London Transport lived here ● The Punchbowl Restaurant ● Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception ● Coach & Horses Pub ● Berkeley Square