The Aesthetes T Magazine For the legendary expats of Tangier, a life devoted to beauty reaches full flower in this North African hothouse of history and hedonism. | JONATHAN DAWSON | The writer in his library, accompanied by his pet rooster Birdy, originally known as Gregory Peck. The painting over the fireplace is by James McBey, and was purchased from Christopher Gibbs. The 19th-century French empire clock was a gift from Cecil Beaton to David Herbert. As for the 17th-century map of British Tangier (1661-1684), it formerly belonged to Barbara Hutton. Dawson bought it from the estate of Yves Vidal, after his former Casbah home, York Castle, fell into the sea.