Allegra Hicks



November 2, 2015

The Meadow Building

I adore this picture of the Meadow Building in Christ Church, Oxford, with its autumnal climber. Built in the mid 19th century by Sir Thomas Deane in the Venetian style, it is one of so many examples of why Oxford is one of my favourite places to visit in England.

Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun

I was just in Paris and had to visit the first retrospective devoted to the works of Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun at the Grand Palais. This portrait of the artist hugging her daughter Julie to her chest in an effusive Raphael-like manner has been an emblem of maternal tenderness since it was first exhibited to the public. I love the composition, reminiscent of Madonna and Child but so very personal at the same time.


Herringbone Rug

My latest rug commission just arrived from India and I am particularly happy with this colour combination. I love the detailed precision of the chain-stitching. The hand-made work gives the impression of a huge embroidery and is so effective as a rug.