This opulent home on Mayfair’s Charles Street was once the home of art critic and philanthropist John Ruskin and his wife Effie Gray — and the setting for an equally grand Victorian scandal.

The couple married in 1848 and used the ballroom-sized reception room of this splendid 923sq ft apartment to socialise with the great and the good of Mayfair, including luminaries such as Scottish philosopher Thomas Carlyle and Alice In Wonderland author, Lewis Carroll.

But six years later the marriage was annulled. It caused a furore back then, as Effie claimed the marriage was never consummated — leading to widespread speculation as to the reasons why it hadn’t been — and she went on to marry Ruskin’s protege, artist John Everett Millais, just one year later.

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