Wednesday, 24 March 2010

the fabulous life and times of ...

Did those who sipped brandy in the William and Mary Room find themselves stirred more by the 1590 painting of Sir Thomas Crompton or by being able to stare at themselves in the superb pair of mirrors in their gilt-gesso frames… Isadore Barmash

Benjamin Sonnenberg, the press agent extraordinaire who single-handedly invented the notion of corporate image-making and in the process made a fortune. He was an Edwardian-style bon vivant and an astute art and antiques collector. His 37-room Gramercy Park house, with its paneled rooms and fine 18th-century furniture, reflected his Anglophilia, as well as a passion for brass and clocks.

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