A captivating, rich historical novel set in eighteenth-century London.
1765. Filipo di Vecellio of Florence, portrait painter, is the toast of London: rich, successful, and married to Angelica, known as the most beautiful woman in the city. Their Pall Mall home is the hub of the art world; their impressive social gatherings run so smoothly by Filipo s silent sister, Francesca. But beneath the surface, the house conceals a swarm of dangerous secrets.
Where does Francesca di Vecellio go as the sun sets over Covent Garden? And why are there always candles lit in her attic, while no candles burn for her brother s exquisite wife? Within the bustling artistic lives of the di Vecellios hides corruption and lies; love and tragedy. And wild ambition unbalances the capital s art world as, finally, a wonderful portrait battles for the right to paint the truth . . .
In this engaging and enlightening novel about artistic ambition and fraud at the nascent Royal Academy, Ewing is an accomplished storyteller who puts the pleasure of her readers first - INDEPENDENT