The painting, inscribed in pencil 'Lord Granville' on the back, was sold at Bonham's on 21 June 1984 lot 40, when it was dated c.1841, and attributed to the English artist William Parrott (1813-1869). However, there are at least three watercolours with a closely similar composition by Luttringhausen, as well as a view of the embassy taken from the street.
Sold through Bonhams, London, 'Fine 19th Century Oil Paintings and Watercolours' sale, on 21 June 1984 (Lot 40), as by W. Parrott, for £2300; with Christopher Gibbs; from whom purchased by the Government Picture Collection in September 1984
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