Oral history interview with Thomas Adrian Fransioli, 1981 April 21
Sound recording: 2 sound files : digital, wav file
Transcript: 37 pages
Interview of Thomas Adrian Fransioli, conducted April 21, 1981, by Robert F. Brown for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, in Wenham, Massachusetts. Fransioli speaks of his upbringing in Seattle, Washington; training and friendships at architectural school at the University of Pennsylvania; working in North Carolina, Virginia, Philadelphia, and Cleveland as an architect, interior designer, and draftsman; his commission for a grand country house in Virginia, 1932-1934; his work for John Russell Pope on the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.; work in photographic reconnaissance for the U.S. Army during World War II; visiting Hiroshima after the atomic bomb; his training at the Art Students League; his paintings of cityscapes and houses; the promotion of his career by Margaret Brown of Boston; and influences upon him. Fransioli also recalls Charles Klauder, Margaret Brown, Carl Feiss, Otto Eggers, John Walker, David Finley; and others.
Place of publication, production, or execution: Massachusetts
Citation: Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Thomas Adrian Fransioli, 1981 April 21. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Additional Forms: Transcript is available on the Archives of American Art's website.
Funding: Funding for the digital preservation of this interview was provided by a grant from the Save America's Treasures Program of the National Park Service.
Biography Note: Thomas Adrian Fransioli (1906- 1997) was an architect and painter from Massachusetts. He was born in Seattle, Washington.
Provenance: This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.
Location Note: Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
interviewee: Fransioli, Thomas Adrian, 1906-1997
interviewer: Brown, Robert F.
Subject: Pope, John Russell
Subject: Brown, Margaret E.
Subject: Feiss, Carl
Subject: Eggers, O. R. (Otto Reinhold),
Subject: Finley, David E. (David Edward)
Subject: Walker, John
Subject: Klauder, Charles Z. (Charles Zeller),
Subject: Art Students League (New York, N.Y.)
Subject: National Gallery of Art (U.S.)
Subject: University of Pennsylvania
Record number: (DSI-AAA_CollID)13152
Record number: (DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)212087
Record number: AAA_collcode_fransi81