Tim Richardson is a garden columnist in the Daily Telegraph and the author of many books, including The Arcadian Friends (Bantam, 2008), Avant Gardeners (Thames & Hudson, 2009), Great Gardens of America (Frances Lincoln, 2009), Futurescapes (Thames & Hudson, 2011) and The New English Garden (Frances Lincoln, 2013). He is a trustee of the Garden History Society, sits on the National Trust’s gardens advisory panel, wrote Oxford University’s first garden history course – and is a passionate advocate of fringe gardening. Tim Richardson is the founder-director of the Chelsea Fringe Festival. He lives in London.
Dr Jacqueline Riding is author of Jacobites: A New History of the ’45 Rebellion (2016), Basic Instincts: Love, Passion and Violence in the Art of Joseph Highmore (2017) and Peterloo (2018). She is currently writing a biography of Hogarth. She is a fellow of Birkbeck College, the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and Trustee of Turner’s House.
Maria-Christina Sayn-Wittgenstein Nottebohm (also known as 'Puppa') is a private art dealer and agent specialising in European paintings and drawings from the 17th to the early 20th century (http://www.sw-fineart.com). She was brought up in Europe and her parents took her to museums and churches from an early age. She has lived in New York her entire adult life, working in the art world. She now divides her time between Mexico City, Telluride, CO, New York and Europe. She has had the privilege of seeing masterpieces in museums and private collections all over the world. Many years of dealing and thinking about art gives her a unique view point. Her blog, Old Masters Rock is an art newsletter for children aged 7-12 years ago (www.oldmastersrock.com).
Annie Schlecter is a native New Yorker who has been working as a photographer since 1998. Her clients include New York Magazine, T-Magazine, House Beautiful, Travel + Leisure, The World of Interiors, Neue Galerie, Marianna Kennedy and Joe Serrins Studio among others. She has worked on numerous book projects with clients such as Jonathan Adler, Martha Stewart Living, Real Simple and The Little Bookroom, for whom she has photographed and designed a series of Italian cookbooks. She enjoys eating, travel and polka dots.
Denise Scott Brown (1931-) is an American architect, planner, writer, educator, and principal of the firm Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates in Philadelphia. Scott Brown and her husband and late partner, Robert Venturi, are regarded as among the most influential architects of the twentieth century, both through their architecture and planning, and theoretical writing and teaching. Denise Scott Brown was awarded the second Soane Medal in 2018. The Medal was established in 2017 to recognise individuals who have made a significant contribution to architectural culture and discourse, building on the legacy of Sir John Soane.
Philippa Stockley is an award-winning journalist renowned for her writing on London architecture and interiors, and a critically acclaimed novelist whose latest novel, Black Lily (Pimpernel, 2018), is set in seventeenth-century London. Stockley holds MAs in art history from the Courtauld Institute of Art and in English from Oxford University.
Imogen Taylor was born in 1926. In 1949 she joined Colefax & Fowler, where she was for many years John Fowler’s trusted assistant. She went on to become one of the most prominent interior decorators of the latter part of the twentieth century, working in Britain and the Middle East and extensively in the United States. She retired in 1999, after fifty years at Colefax & Fowler, and now divides her time between her homes in Kent and in Burgundy.
John H Taylor is an Assistant Keeper in the Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan at the British Museum. His expertise focuses on funerary objects of the pharaonic period (particularly coffins), mummies and mummification. He has curated a number of exhibitions at the British Museum, including ‘Journey through the Afterlife: Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead’ and ‘Ancient Lives, New Discoveries.’