An album containing 77 photographs and
20 pencil tracings, compiled by the British diplomat Francis Clare Ford during his first
posting to Buenos Aires in 1866. Included among the photographs are three joined panoramas
of the city; views of the city's monuments and buildings; scenic views of the surrounding
pampas and genre scenes depicting life on the pampas; and portraits of gauchos and
indigenous peoples. There are also 20 sheets of pencil tracings made from León Palliere's
depictions of life in the Argentine countryside taken from his Album Palliere, escenas
Sir Francis Clare Ford (1828–1899) was an English career diplomat who was posted throughout
Europe, as well as to Washington, DC, and South America. He was secretary of legation in
Buenos Aires from 1865 to 1866 during Argentina's war with Uruguay. After several missions
in Europe and North America he returned to Argentina in 1878 as envoy-extraordinary and
minister-plenipotentiary tasked with the responsibility for negotiating renewed
British-Uruguayan diplomatic ties, the successful conclusion of which led to his appointment
as British minister in both Buenos Aires and Montevideo. After an appointment to Brazil in
1879 Ford returned to Europe for the remainder of his career.
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