An ambassador’s life through the keyhole

Maria Tuttle, wife of the US ambassador in London, Robert Tuttle, has produced a book on their temporary home, Winfield House, with its 12-acre garden, central London’s largest after Buckingham Palace. The original 1827 villa was bought in 1936 by the American heiress Barbara Hutton, who demolished it and rebuilt the house that in 1946 she gave to the US government, as the ambassadorial residence. Since their arrival three years ago, the Tuttles have furnished the house with modern and contemporary American art, including Willem de Kooning’s Untitled, 1970-77, hanging over the fireplace of the Green Room (right). The book, essentially a lavish photographic record, has been personally funded by the ambassador and his wife M.B.

o Maria Tuttle and Marcus Binney with photographs by James Mortimer, Winfield House (Thames & Hudson), 172 pp, £32 (hb) ISBN 9780500976784

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