The title's emphasis is very much on the quotation marks. It is, in fact, merely the corner of my room with the desk upon which I work. Do not be deceived by the apparent orderliness in the picture. This is before I begin. Once the half-dozen or more reference books which I use at any one time are open, it is chaos, and there is never sufficient space. The desk, as you see, is a modest thing. How I should love one the size of a dining table...
Sharp-eyed observers will notice reproductions of works by Dulac and Holbein, among others, on the corkboard. Resting atop it is a vintage print from Punch
magazine of an illustration by E.H. Shepard (affectionately and familiarly known as 'the man who drew Pooh').
On the desk, against the wall and perched upon the second Jasperware jar presently obscured by a CD of Renaissance music, is a card with a detail of the Angel from Leonardo da Vinci's Virgin of the Rocks
; which to me is one of the most beautiful faces in all Western art.
The big (and perhaps intimidating-looking) clock is inspired by old railway station clocks in its design. I'm very fond of it, though it is sadly rather blanched and faded by the sun now. It served as the model for the clock window is this piece: