For €150! I snatched up this 1863 French drawing last week in Nice, at my favorite flea market on earth: the Cours Saleya (only 30 minutes from Monte Carlo). It seems prophetic, that even before setting foot in Istanbul yesterday, I found my talisman for this trip at 7:30am on a rainy morning when no one else was yet out. It was meant to hop into my luggage and fly with me here! The 19th century saw a trove of artists such as Delacroix, Ingres, Jerome, and in England David Roberts & Owen Jones come under the spell of the Near East... I’m afraid I’m no different. This one’s for all of us who’ve been mesmerized since childhood by tales of Scheherazade and all the perfumes of Arabia!