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THE ARCHITECTURE OF DIPLOMACY: THE BRITISH AMBASSADOR'S RESIDENCE IN WASHINGTON. Anthony Seldon and Daniel Collings. Flammarion, Paris, 2014. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Rizzoli International Publications, Inc., New York. 236 pp. with 262 ills. (183 col.). 32 x 25 cm. ISBN 9782081299023 In English.
Publisher's description: An intimate excursion, past and present, into the British ambassador's residence in Washington beguiles with its exceptional interior design, extensive horticulture collection, and politically charged history. Since opening its doors in 1930, the British ambassador's residence has been considered the premier diplomatic address in Washington, D.C. A cross between an English country house and a neoPalladian plantation, the residence is a compelling but often overlooked example of the work of Sir Edwin Lutyens. In this book, Anthony Seldon and Daniel Collings explore both the genius of Lutyens's design and the rich history of AngloAmerican relations that has unfolded within its walls. The house and its extensive gardens are lavishly illustrated by specially commissioned photography, while striking images from the archives bring to life events from its past. Through such prized events and the skill of successive ambassadors arose a building that helped create and then embody the "special relationship." From Winston Churchill's rambunctious visits during the Second World War to the dark days of Vietnam, and the rejuvenation of the relationship during the ThatcherReagan period, this book takes the reader deep behind the scenes.
Artist(s):Lutyens, Edwin Landseer
Indexing: Western, Europe — Great Britain — 1900-1945, Post-1945 — Architecture, Interior Design
Plans: 70
Worldwide Number: 157192
Hardcover $65.00t (libraries receive a 20% discount on this title)    

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