Articles

Newspapers & Periodicals

I have had articles published in a number of newspapers and periodicals, including the Daily Telegraph, World of Interiors, the Daily Mail and the British Art Journal. In addition, I have written three books and there are two more in the pipeline (see books).

I have written on country house collections, commissioning modern art, portraits, garden buildings, follies, London clubs, contemporary architecture, environmental issues relating to historic houses, as well as exhibitions at major art galleries. The latter include Lucian Freud at the Tate, William Nicholson at the Royal Academy, Pompeo Batoni at the National Gallery.

Interviews

Among those I have interviewed are Gilbert and George, the dowager Duchess of Devonshire, Lord Camoys, Lady Victoria Leatham, Sir Michael Hopkins, Niel MacGregor, Charles Saumarez-Smith, Nigel Nicolson, Bishop Richard Chartres, John Tusa, Sandy Nairne, James Hervey-Bathurst and Daniel Libeskind.

Country Life

As a senior commissioning editor on Country Life, I was responsible for commissioning features for special numbers such as Fine Art, Collectors, Smaller Country Houses, Architecture and Restoration, and helped develop feature ideas

Features
  • Interviewing descendants of George III to coincide with the major exhibition at the Queens Gallery
  • Putting together advice from country house collectors on how to start collections
  • How to collect for a house that already has an important collection and how to commission new portraits
  • Influential book recommendations from leading cultural architects and commentators
  • Asking leading design figures including Janet Street-Porter, John Macaslan and Ptolemy Dean to nominate their most hated building and redesign it
  • Asking leading architects including Sir Richard MacCormac and Sir Michael Hopkins to supply designs for the ideal country house for the 2lst century
  • Asking young architects, priests and philosphers how we should understand the newly revived Dublin

I also commissioned a column on ‘Architectural Cribs’ by period, soon to be published as a book, by illustrator Matthew Rice, and a series of guides to historic interiors by the same artist. God, I loved it!

Special Projects

I also ran various projects such as a supplement on “How to Restore Your Dream House”, in April 2004, and the search for England’s Oldest Inhabited House, in 2004, England’s Finest Manor House in 2006 and the Genius of the Place Award for the best restored country house landscape in 2007, the latter two sponsored by Savills.