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British Embassy, Washington, from the Garden

Thomas Adrian Fransioli (1906 - 1997)

Gouache

1975

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  • About the work
    Location
    Country: USA
    City: Washington DC
    Place: British Embassy

    After the former British Legation on Connecticut Avenue was sold for $500,000 in 1930, a new site on Massachusettes Avenue (now Embassy Row) was purchased. Architect Edwin Landseer Lutyens accepted the project to design a Chancery and Ambassador’s Residence, despite still being heavily involved in completing his Viceroy’s Palace in New Delhi. However, the British Treasury were keen not to allow costs to escalate at a time when Britain was repaying considerable debts to the US, accrued during the War, so it was more than two years before Lutyen’s fourth scheme for the site was at last approved. His design included a residence on the higher land, away from the road, including a ballroom and service quarters, connected to the U-shaped Chancery building facing the road by the Ambassador’s study and porte-cochère (covered entrance). The project was completed at a cost of £197,680 and Lutyens was assisted by local architect Frederick H. Brooke.

    Fransioli’s painting is dominated by the main residence, although the Chancery can be seen through the trees. Today, a 1960s Embassy building, designed by architect Eric Bedford, also stands within the grounds; built after Lutyen’s Residence and Chancery was out grown.

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  • Details
    Title
    British Embassy, Washington, from the Garden
    Date
    1975
    Medium
    Gouache
    Dimensions
    height: 38.00 cm, width: 56.50 cm
    Acquisition
    Commissioned from the artist, January 1975
    Inscription
    bl: Commissioned by the British Ambassador to Washington 1975 ; bc: The British Embassy, Washington, from the Garden ; br: Painted by / Thos. Fransioli 1975
    Provenance
    Commissioned by Sir Peter Ramsbotham when HMA to Washington
    GAC number
    15065