At different points in the narrative, both of Catherine's parents refer to the lithium that she takes as librium.
Lithium is a drug used to stabalize mood in depressive and bipolar illnesses (see bookmark for page 258).
St Martin's School of Art was a prestigious London Art School founded in 1854. During the period in which The Line of Beauty is set, its main premises were on the Charing Cross Road.
In 1989, St Martin's merged with the Central School of Art and Design to form Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, whose main campus is now in the Kings Cross area of London.
Originally, the building was the home of the Doge of Venice, the elected leader of the Venetian Republic. Since 1923, the building has been operating as a museum.
Sir Christopher Wren (1632-1723) was a renowned English architect. Following the Great Fire of London in 1666, he was responsible for re-building 52 of the city's churches, including St. Paul's Cathedral.
Other notable works by Wren include the south facade of Hampton Court Palace, and the Royal Naval College in Greenwich.
It was built between 1632 and 1648 by the emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal, who died in childbirth.
The three buildings, built around a central lawn, which are home to the Parliament of Canada are situated on Ottawa's Parliament Hill. All of the buildings are built in the Gothic Revival style, although the design of the Centre Block is more modern that that of the East and West Blocks.
The Rotary Club (also known as Rotary International) was founded in Chicago in 1905. By today, it has over 34,000 clubs worldwide and a membership of more than 1.2 million.
Members of the clubs are business and professional people whose objectives include the maintaining of high ethical standards in the workplace, and the provision of some humanitarian services. At the local level, Rotary Club members, who are known as Rotarians, generally meet weekly to discuss club business and listen to a guest speaker.
Up until the 1980s, Rotary clubs generally did not admit women. However, prior to that point, many relatives of Rotary Club members joined a similar organisation known as the Inner Wheel.
John Speed (1552-1629) was an English historian and mapmaker.
One of his achievements was the compiling of an atlas containing the first set of county maps of England and Wales, which was published in 1610/11. He was also responsible for the production of a world atlas (the first ever produced by an Englishman) which was published in 1627.
La Tante Claire was a London restaurant which opened in 1977 and closed in 2004. It was owned and run by the French-born chef Pierre Koffmann, and had three Michelin stars between 1983 and 1998.
During the period in which The Line of Beauty is set, La Tante Claire was located on the Royal Hospital Road in Chelsea. It re-located to the Berkeley Hotel, Knightsbridge in 1998.
Pierre Koffmann produced a recipe book entitled La Tante Claire: Recipes From a Master Chef, which was published in 1993 (a section of which may be seen below).
Frederick Forsyth, who was born in 1938, is an English author who specialises in crime fiction and thrillers.
Some of his best-known novels include The Day of the Jackal (1971), The Odessa File (1972), Avenger (2003), and The Cobra (2010). Several of his books have been made into films including The Day of the Jackal, The Dogs of War (1974) and Avenger.
A ridotto, or casino, was a small house or apartment which was used by 18th century Venetian nobility to eat, entertain, relax and gamble. The Procuratoressa Venier was Elena Priuli, wife of the 'procurator' Federico Venier who owned the Casino Venier. Since 1987, the Casino Venier has been the headquarters of the Alliance française in Venice.