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Francis Henry Lenygon and Jeannette Becker Lenygon architectural records and papers, circa 1910-1967.

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Francis Henry Lenygon and Jeannette Becker Lenygon architectural records and papers, circa 1910s-1960s, Department of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University.

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Summary Information

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Creator(s):Lenygon, Francis Henry, 1877-1943.
Title:Francis Henry Lenygon and Jeannette Becker Lenygon architectural records and papers, circa 1910-1967.
Physical description:Drawings, photographs, papers : (19 archives boxes ; 11 manuscript boxes ; 3 print boxes; 1 portfolio)
Language(s): Materials are in English.
Access: This collection is available for use by qualified readers by appointment in the Dept. of Archives & Drawings' Reading Room, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library at Columbia University. The majority of this collection is maintained in off-site storage and must retrieved with advance notification. For further information and to make an appointment to use this collection, please call (212) 854-4110 or email avery-drawings@libraries.columbia.edu.  More information »

Arrangement

Arrangement

The collection is made up of eight series:

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Description

Scope and Content

This collection includes architectural drawings, holograph and typescript papers, business and financial records, black and white photographs, lantern slides, diaries, scrapbooks, and printed papers relating to the professional work and interests of Francis Henry Lenygon and Jeannette Becker Lenygon.

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Using the Collection

Access Restrictions

 This collection is available for use by qualified readers by appointment in the Dept. of Archives & Drawings' Reading Room, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library at Columbia University. The majority of this collection is maintained in off-site storage and must retrieved with advance notification. For further information and to make an appointment to use this collection, please call (212) 854-4110 or email avery-drawings@libraries.columbia.edu.

Restrictions on Use

Columbia University is providing access to the materials in the Library's collections solely for noncommercial educational and research purposes. The unauthorized use, including, but not limited to, publication of the materials without the prior written permission of Columbia University is strictly prohibited. All inquiries regarding permission to publish should be submitted in writing to the Director, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University. In addition to permission from Columbia University, permission of the copyright owner (if not Columbia University) and/or any holder of other rights (such as publicity and/or privacy rights) may also be required for reproduction, publication, distributions, and other uses. Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of any item and securing any necessary permissions rests with the persons desiring to publish the item. Columbia University makes no warranties as to the accuracy of the materials or their fitness for a particular purpose.

Preferred Citation

Francis Henry Lenygon and Jeannette Becker Lenygon architectural records and papers, circa 1910s-1960s, Department of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

This collection was processed by Catherine Fischer (Graduate Archival Intern) under the supervision of Shelley Hayreh, in 2015-2016

CLIO ID: 6468144 View CLIO record

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Index Terms

The names and terms listed below are represented in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a consortial/union catalog offered by OCLC that allows users to search the holdings of multiple archives and libraries.

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Subjects

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CUL Collections:
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Colonial Williamsburg, inc.--History.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Lenygon & Co.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Lenygon & Morant.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Lenygon, Jeannette Becker.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Architecture--United States--Designs and plans.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Interior decoration--England.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Interior decoration--United States.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Art objects--Collectors and collecting.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Furniture--Collectors and collecting.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Interior decoration--20th century.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Interior decorators--United States.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Furniture--England--History--17th century.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Furniture--England--History--18th century.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

History

Born in England in 1877, Frances Henry Lenygon was trained as a cabinetmaker and studied at the South Kensington Museum in London. By 1900, he found work with Art Workshops, Ltd., and soon after with Charles Duveen, son of Sir Joseph Duveen. Employed by C.J. Charles for several years, Lenygon became well-known as cabinetmaker to England's artisocracy. He opened his own firm, Lenygon & Co., in 1904, and in 1912 merged with Morant & Co., to become Lenygon & Morant, holding royal warrants under four successive British kings.

In 1910, Lenygon made his first visit to the United States to supervise the interior decoration of Whitlaw Reid, and soon opened a New York branch of his firm. As in England, Lenygon's American clients were wealthy and sophisticated and relied on Lenygon to furnish authentic and reproduction interiors in period styles. In the 1930s, Lenygon was hired by Nelson Rockfeller to serve as a major consultant to the reconstruction of Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia, and selected all the furnishings for the Governor's Palace there.

Lenygon was widely known for his expertise in 17th- and 18th-century British furniture and interiors and lectured widely on the subjects. He served as president of the American Institute of Decorators and the Art and Antiques Dealers League of America. He was also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the North British Academy.

Lenygon died in New York City in 1943. He was survived by his second wife, Jeanette Becker Lennygon, whom he married in 1926.

Jeannette Becker Lenygon was a well-respected interior designer, best known for her redecoration of several rooms in the White House during John F. Kennedy's presidency and for the interior redesign of Gracie Mansion for New York mayor John Lindsay. She was also a founding member of the American Institute of Interior Designers. Jeannette died in Evanston, Illinois, in 1977.

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