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Oval Office

  • Oval Office, Ronald Reagan Administration
    Joseph H. Bailey
    Larry D. Kinney
    Philip Leonhardi
    Oval Office
    West Wing
    Resolute desk
    Rose Garden
    This February 1982 color photograph by National Geographic Service photographers depicts the Oval Office, located in the West Wing of the White House, during the administration of President Ronald Reagan. The desk in the center is known as the Resolute desk and has been used by many presidents in their office. The desk was made from the oak timbers of the British ship H.M.S. Resolute and sent as a gift to President Rutherford B. Hayes from Queen Victoria in 1880. Beyond the Resolute desk are photographs of the Reagan family. Note the Rose Garden covered in snow outside.
  • Oval Office, John F. Kennedy Administration
    National Geographic Service
    Oval Office
    West Wing
    Resolute desk
    This circa 1962 photograph depicts the Oval Office, located in the West Wing of the White House, during the administration of President John F. Kennedy. The desk in the center is known as the Resolute desk and has been used by many presidents in their office. The desk was made from the oak timbers of the British ship H.M.S. Resolute and sent as a gift to President Rutherford B. Hayes from Queen Victoria in 1880.
  • Oval Office, Jimmy Carter Administration
    Victor Boswell
    Larry D. Kinney
    Claude E. Petrone
    West Wing
    Oval Office
    This photograph of the Oval Office was taken by National Geographic Service photographers around 1977, during the Jimmy Carter administration. President Carter used the Resolute desk, popular among modern presidents, and displayed Jean Antoine Houdon's bronze bust of Benjamin Franklin behind his desk.
  • Interior of the West Wing, the Oval Office, Harry S. Truman Administration
    Abbie Rowe
    Oval Office
    West Wing
    This circa 1945-1953 photograph by Abbie Rowe of the National Park Service depicts the Oval Office, located in the West Wing of the White House, during the administration of President Harry S. Truman.
  • Oval Office, George W. Bush Administration
    Bruce White
    Oval Office
    West Wing
    Resolute desk
    This 2001 photograph depicts the Oval Office, located in the West Wing of the White House, during the administration of President George W. Bush. In the center of the photograph is the Resolute desk that has been used by many presidents in their office. The desk was made from the oak timbers of the British ship H.M.S. Resolute and sent as a gift to President Rutherford B. Hayes from Queen Victoria in 1880. Beyond the desk are Bush family photographs.
  • Oval Office, Richard M. Nixon Administration
    James E. Russell
    West Wing
    Oval Office
    This photograph of the Oval Office by James E. Russell of the National Geographic Service was taken in January 1971, during the Richard M. Nixon administration. President Nixon used the Wilson desk and displayed a bronze bust of Abraham Lincoln during his tenure in office.
  • Fireplace end of Oval Office, George H. W. Bush Administration
    Erik Kvalsvik
    Oval Office
    West Wing
    Seal of the President of the United States
    This color photograph depicts the Oval Office, located in the West Wing of the White House, during the administration of President George H. W. Bush. The rug depicts the Seal of the President of the United States. Artwork and objects on display include Rembrandt Peale's circa 1823 portrait of President George Washington, Thomas Moran's 1895 The Three Tetons, Jean Antoine Houdon's circa 1778-1828 bronze bust of Benjamin Franklin, a circa 1795-1805 mahogany case clock made by John and Thomas Seymour of Boston, and Frederic Remington's modeled 1895, cast 1903 bronze sculpture The Bronco Buster.
  • George H. W. Bush Oval Office
    Erik Kvalsvik
    Oval Office
    West Wing
    This color photograph depicts the Oval Office, located in the West Wing of the White House, during the administration of President George H. W. Bush. The rug depicts the Seal of the President of the United States. President George H. W. Bush replaced the Resolute desk with the desk shown, one used by President Bush in his West Wing office while serving as Vice President under President Ronald Reagan.
  • Oval Office, Fireplace View, Richard M. Nixon Administration
    James P. Blair
    Larry D. Kinney
    Martin Rogers
    West Wing
    Oval Office
    This photograph of the Oval Office was taken by National Geographic Service photographers on May 22, 1972 during the Richard M. Nixon administration. President Nixon used the Wilson desk and hung Charles Willson Peale's portrait of President George Washington above the mantel in the Oval Office.
  • Oval Office, Ronald Reagan Administration
    Joseph H. Bailey
    Larry D. Kinney
    Philip Leonhardi
    West Wing
    Oval Office
    This photograph of the Oval Office was taken by National Geographic Service photographers in February 1982 during the Ronald Reagan administration. President Reagan hung the Charles Willson Peale portrait of George Washington above the mantel opposite his desk.
  • Oval Office, George W. Bush Administration
    Bruce White
    Oval Office
    West Wing
    Resolute desk
    This color photograph depicts the Oval Office, located in the West Wing of the White House, during the administration of President George W. Bush. In the center of the photograph is the Resolute desk that has been used by many presidents in their office. The desk was made from the oak timbers of the British ship H.M.S. Resolute and sent as a gift to President Rutherford B. Hayes from Queen Victoria in 1880. Beyond the desk are Bush family photographs. The sculpture to the left is Frederic Remington's modeled 1895, cast 1903 bronze sculpture The Bronco Buster. To the right is Nison H. Tregor's 1957 bronze bust of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
  • Oval Office, Richard M. Nixon Administration (Interim)
    Robert S. Oakes
    West Wing
    Oval Office
    This photograph of the Oval Office by Robert S. Oakes was taken in April 1969 during the early days of the Richard M. Nixon administration. President Nixon used the Wilson desk throughout his tenure as president.
  • Fireside end of Oval Office, George W. Bush Administration
    Bruce White
    Oval Office
    West Wing
    Resolute desk
    This 2001 photograph depicts the Oval Office, located in the West Wing of the White House, during the administration of President George W. Bush. To the right is the Resolute desk that has been used by many presidents in their office. The desk was made from the oak timbers of the British ship H.M.S. Resolute and sent as a gift to President Rutherford B. Hayes from Queen Victoria in 1880. Among the artwork and objects displayed are Rembrandt Peale's circa 1823 portrait of President George Washington and a circa 1795-1805 mahogany case clock made by John and Thomas Seymour of Boston.
  • Oval Office, Jimmy Carter Administration
    Victor Boswell
    Larry D. Kinney
    Claude E. Petrone
    West Wing
    Oval Office
    This photograph of the Oval Office was taken by National Geographic Service photographers in 1977 during the Jimmy Carter administration. Like many presidents before him, President Carter used the famous Resolute desk during his tenure.
  • Oval Office, Bill Clinton Administration
    Erik Kvalsvik
    Oval Office
    West Wing
    Resolute desk
    Seal of the President of the United States
    This circa 1995 color photograph depicts the Oval Office, located in the West Wing of the White House, during the administration of President Bill Clinton. The desk in the center is known as the Resolute desk and has been used by many presidents in their office. The desk was made from the oak timbers of the British ship H.M.S. Resolute and sent as a gift to President Rutherford B. Hayes from Queen Victoria in 1880. The rug depicts the Seal of the President of the United States.
  • Oval Office, Gerald R. Ford Administration
    Joseph H. Bailey
    Larry D. Kinney
    Oval Office
    West Wing
    This circa 1974-77 color photograph, taken by National Geographic Society staff, depicts the Oval Office, located in the West Wing of the White House, during the administration of President Gerald R. Ford.
  • Oval Office, Bill Clinton Administration
    Erik Kvalsvik
    Oval Office
    West Wing
    Seal of the President of the United States
    This circa 1995 color photograph depicts the Oval Office, located in the West Wing of the White House, during the administration of President Bill Clinton. The rug depicts the Seal of the President of the United States. Artwork and objects on display include Rembrandt Peale's circa 1823 portrait of President George Washington, Thomas Moran's 1895 The Three Tetons, Jean Antoine Houdon's circa 1778-1828 bronze bust of Benjamin Franklin, a circa 1795-1805 mahogany case clock made by John and Thomas Seymour of Boston, and Frederic Remington's modeled 1895, cast 1903 bronze sculpture The Bronco Buster.
  • Oval Office, Gerald Ford Administration
    Joseph H. Bailey
    Nelson Brown
    West Wing
    Oval Office
    This photograph of the Oval Office was taken by National Geographic Service photographers in February 1975 during the Gerald R. Ford administration. President Ford hung three paintings from the White House Collection: Eastport and Passamaquoddy Bay by Victor De Grailly, a portrait of George Washington by Charles Willson Peale, and City of Washington from Beyond the Navy Yard by G. Cooke.
  • George H. W. Bush Desk Removed
    David Hume Kennerly
    West Wing
    Oval Office
    staff
    Inauguration
    This photograph of the Oval Office by David Hume Kennerly was taken on January 20, 1993 in the transitional days between the George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations. Men are seen moving the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway desk, the desk used by President Bush, on its side with the Resolute desk, the desk favored by President Clinton, in the background waiting to be moved in.
  • Oval Office, George W. Bush Administration
    Peter Vitale
    West Wing
    Oval Office
    This photograph of the Oval Office by Peter Vitale was taken in June 2003 during the George W. Bush administration. President Bush used the Resolute desk, popular among modern presidents, and decorated the President's Office with a bust of Abraham Lincoln by Augustus Saint-Gaudens (left), a bust of Winston Churchill by Jacob Epstein (right), and a portrait of President George Washington by Rembrandt Peale hung over the mantel.
  • Postcard view of the Oval Office
    Unknown
    West Wing
    This tinted postcard photograph from 1909 of the first Oval Office was made during the William Howard Taft administration, when the office was referred to as the "President's Office" or "Executive Office." For several years, the office was decorated in green-dyed burlap wall coverings, brass lamps, and mahogany furniture, including the Theodore Roosevelt desk in this postcard. In 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt rebuilt the Oval Office to its current location.
  • Oval Office, Lyndon B. Johnson
    Unknown
    West Wing
    Oval Office
    This photograph of the Oval Office was taken possibly around 1964 during the Lyndon B. Johnson administration. President Johnson used his own personal desk, built for him in the U.S. Senate's carpentry shop, during his tenure.
  • Oval Office, John F. Kennedy Administration
    George F. Mobley
    West Wing
    Oval Office
    rocking chair
    This photograph of the Oval Office was taken by George F. Mobley of the National Geographic Service in April 1962 during the John F. Kennedy administration. President Kennedy's famous rocking chair stands in the middle of the room.
  • Oval Office, George W. Bush (Interim, Horizontal)
    Erik Kvalsvik
    Oval Office
    West Wing
    This 2001 color photograph depicts the Oval Office, located in the West Wing of the White House, during the administration of President George W. Bush. Artwork and objects on display include Rembrandt Peale's circa 1823 portrait of President George Washington, Jean Antoine Houdon's circa 1778-1828 bronze bust of Benjamin Franklin, and a circa 1795-1805 mahogany case clock made by John and Thomas Seymour of Boston.
  • Oval Office, George W. Bush Administration (Interim, Vertical)
    Erik Kvalsvik
    West Wing
    Oval Office
    This photograph of the Oval Office by Erik Kvalsvik was taken in 2001 during the George W. Bush administration. President Bush used the famous Resolute desk. The Resolute desk was a gift from Queen Victoria of England to President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1880 and has been used by several presidents.