Dr Devon Cox is author of The Sunday Times bestselling biography The Street of Wonderful Possibilities: Whistler, Wilde & Sargent in Tite Street (Frances Lincoln, 2015). Originally from the USA, Devon moved to London after completing his degree and has worked as a researcher at the Imperial War Museum, London and Sotheby's auction house. In 2018, he completed an AHRC-funded PhD. He is currently serving as a Research Associate for the Paul Mellon Centre's research project 'Collection and Display: The British Country House'. He has appeared in several TV programmes for Arte, BBC, and Sky Arts.
Cox has done an admirable job of marshalling his material...The book is well populated with the voices of its protagonists and their critics, lending it a rich anecdotal texture and allowing the great egos of Tite Street to speak for themselves.
...beautifully illustrated with paintings by Whistler, John Singer Sargent, Walter Sickert and others from their Tite Street circle, and covers the idol worship, arrogance, incestuousness and innovation emerging from this slice of city.
Cox paints an ingenious group portrait of the artists, writers, critics, architects and luvvies who pursued the muse to Chelsea. The new houses being built to residents’ specifications in Tite Street weren’t just homes or studios but, Cox argues, an expression of aesthetic ideologies . . . in bricks and mortar.
This exceptionally handsome and well-illustrated book - a biography of the street, its residents and their connections - elucidates some of those possibilities. And pretty wonderful they are too.
- COUNTRY LIFE
This is a well-researched, and eminently readable biography of one street in London, whose occupants make up a dramatis personae of outstanding talent over a period of 120 years... The result, with a red ribbon tastefully tied around it, would make a lovely box of chocolates.
- THE LADY