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Sunday, 4 February 2018

Charmed Lives in Greece, Ghika, Craxton, Leigh Fermor, British Museum, 8 March – 15 July 2018

From The British Museum - from 8 March 2018

"This exhibition focuses on the friendship of the artists Niko Ghika and John Craxton, and the writer Patrick Leigh Fermor. Their shared love of Greece was fundamental to their work, as they embraced its sights, sounds, colours and people...The exhibition focuses on four key places – Hydra, Kardamyli, Crete and Corfu – where they lived and spent time together. Hydra is an island where Ghika’s family home became a gathering place for the three friends, and Leigh Fermor built a house with his wife Joan at Kardamyli. Craxton restored a house at Chania on Crete, and Corfu is where Ghika and his second wife Barbara transformed an old building into an idyllic home and garden.
Together, these places chart the story of this remarkable friendship, and how the people and landscapes of Greece were a great influence on their enduring works".

See also, posting of June 16, 2017

How an idyllic Greek hideaway inspired a British war hero and travel writer, The Observer

Sir David Attenborough on John Craxton, Dorset County Museum (YouTube video)

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