The Fire in the Glass: Curating Strangford’s Collection

The arts are woven throughout the text of The Fire in the Glass, from Lily’s chorus girl days to Evangeline Ash’s unsettling murals and portraits. Those visuals were such a vital part of the texture of the story for me. They distinguish the early 20th century setting, giving it edge and color that can otherwise be squashed into a generic perception of “historical London”.

Modern art was exploding into being during these early decades. Since Strangford’s own perception of the world is so unusual, it felt absolutely right to me that he would be able to appreciate the shameless break from realism these movements represent.

I gave him a very limited budget in The Charismatics, but I ran with the presumption that many of these artists had peaks and troughs of popularity during their careers. Perhaps Strangford, with the help of a savvy curator like Mordecai Roth, could have acquired some of these pieces without mortgaging his grandchildren. (And anyway, isn’t that the fun of fiction?)

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Strangford’s Gallery

The Art of Evangeline Ash

For those who are curious, I envision Evangeline Ash’s work combining the styles of Gustav Klimt, Yoshitaka Amano and the MacDonald sisters. Need visuals? Check out the Pinterest board.