New Book | British Embassies

Posted in books by Editor on December 19, 2017

From Francis Lincoln, and imprint of The Quarto Group:

James Stourton, with photographs by Luke White, British Embassies: Their Diplomatic and Architectural History (Frances Lincoln, 2017), 352 pages, ISBN: 978  071123  8602, $65 / £40.

British Embassies have a special role in British history. They represent the country in bricks and stone and have often expressed—at least in the eyes of foreigners—British national character. Whether they are Lutyens buildings in Washington, grand palaces in Europe, beautiful old colonial buildings in Asia, or secure compounds in the Middle East, they all have stories to tell and reveal the changing face of British diplomacy. A mixture of history, architectural description, diplomacy and anecdote, this large format picture book covers residences and embassies in twenty-six countries to provide an authoritative text, accompanied by newly commissioned photography.

James Stourton is the prize-winning author of five books including Great Houses of London and the authorised biography of Kenneth Clark, Life, Art and Civilization. He is a former Chairman of Sotheby’s UK, he sits on the Heritage Memorial Fund panel and the Acceptance in Lieu panel, and is a senior fellow of the Institute of Historical Research, London University.

Luke White’s photographs have been widely published in interior design and architectural magazines including Architectural Digest, Vogue, and Homes and Gardens. His books include Sally Storey’s Lighting by Design and The Irish at Home by Jane and Sarah McDonnell.

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