• 4.13.11

    Henry Bourne for Harper's Bazaar

    Henry Bourne captures Susan Tolson, the wife of the U.S. Ambassador to France and Monaco, at H^otel de Pontalba in Paris for the April issue of Harper's Bazaar. The grand 6,000-square-foot mansion has been the official residence of the ambassador since the 1970s. It features a ballroom, a cinema-sized screening room, a kitchen with three chefs, gilded salons, and a state dining room that seats 120. True to its name, it often plays host to traveling dignitaries and statesmen.

    Bourne photographed Tolson as she showed off the residence's expansive lawn, ornate rooms, and high ceilings. Several of the formal rooms feature photographs by Richard Avedon, Cindy Sherman, and Ed Ruscha as part of the Art in Embassies program.

    The April issue of Harper's Bazaar is on newsstands now.

    Publication: Harper's Bazaar
    Story: "Susan Tolson: An American in Paris"
    Photographer: Henry Bourne

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