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The British Museum is preparing a new exhibition focussed on the friendship of the artists Niko Ghika and John Craxton, and the writer Patrick Leigh Fermor.

Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika (1906–1994), John Craxton (1922–2009) and Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor (1915–2011) first met at the end of the Second World War, becoming lifelong friends and spending much of their subsequent lives in Greece. Their shared love of Greece was fundamental to their work, as they embraced its sights, sounds, colours and people.

The exhibition, which opens on the 8th of March, will bring together their artworks, photographs, letters and personal possessions, some of them displayed in the UK for the first time. The show will focus on four key places – Hydra, Kardamyli, Crete and Corfu – where those three significant cultural figures of the 20th century lived and spent time together.

Charmed Lives in Greece will chart the story of a remarkable friendship, and how the people and landscapes of Greece were a great influence on the artists' enduring works.

Charmed lives in Greece: Ghika, Craxton, Leigh Fermor
British Museum
8 March – 15 July 2018