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The Association's Work in the White House Press Album

These images are being provided for press purposes only. For all other uses, please send your inquiries to rights@whha.org.
  • George Washington Armchair
    Adam Hains
    chair
    This armchair attributed to Adam Hains of Philadelphia belonged to George Washington and possibly came from the President's House at 524-30 Market Street in Philadelphia. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Shepley Evans and the White House Historical Association, 1975.
  • Vases with Portraits of President John Adams and George Washington
    Unknown
    vase
    These painted and gilded vases bear the presidential portraits of Presidents George Washington and John Adams. The vases were a gift of the White House Historical Association in 2000.
  • Vase with Portrait of President John Adams (Detail)
    Unknown
    vase
    This painted and gilded vase bears a portrait of President John Adams, which is after an engraving of a painting by John Singleton Copley. The vases were a gift of the White House Historical Association in 2000.
  • Ruby-Stained Glass Goblet with Engraving Of White House
    Unknown
    glassware
    This cut and engraved ruby-stained glass goblet was made in a region of Europe known as Bohemia between 1840 and 1860, which is now largely part of the Czech Republic. Glassware featuring American landmarks was popular at the time, and this piece features an engraving of the President's House, or White House. The engraving is based on an English print of the White House created and distributed in 1831.
  • Watercolor Design for Rug
    Bollentin and Thompson
    rug
    watercolor
    This watercolor design for an Aubusson-style rug was created firm Bollentin and Thompson for Tiffany Studios in New York. The resulting finished product was placed in the Green Room, and another was made for the Red Room.
  • State Dining Room Rug, Barack Obama Administration
    Matthew D'Agostino
    State Dining Room
    State Floor
    textile
    This close up of the State Dining Room rug was taken by Matthew D'Agostino on July 1, 2015, during the Barack Obama administration. First Lady Michelle Obama oversaw the refurbishment of the State Dining Room, a three year project that was unveiled in 2015. This custom, woven rug was inspired by the plasterwork on the room's ceiling and features a design with wreathes and oak leaves. The rug was installed in 2012, at the beginning of the refurbishment.
  • State Dining Room Rug, Barack Obama Administration
    Matthew D'Agostino
    State Dining Room
    State Floor
    textile
    This close up of the State Dining Room rug was taken by Matthew D'Agostino on July 1, 2015, during the Barack Obama administration. First Lady Michelle Obama oversaw the refurbishment of the State Dining Room, a three year project that was unveiled in 2015. This custom, woven rug was inspired by the plasterwork on the room's ceiling and features a design with wreathes and oak leaves. The rug was installed in 2012, at the beginning of the refurbishment.
  • Mahogany Sofa Table
    John & Thomas Seymour
    table
    This mahogany and birch sofa table by John and Thomas Seymour of Boston has veneered drawers and intricate stringing. This form was uncommon in early 19th century America. The table was a gift of the White House Historical Association in 1975.
  • Tall Case Clock
    Effingham Embree
    clock
    This tall case clock with musical works done in the Federal style was manufactured by Effingham Embree of New York. This is a supplemental piece added to the Diplomatic Reception Room following the donation of Federal furniture accepted by First Lady Mamie Eisenhower in 1960 for that room.
  • Diplomatic Reception Room, Barack Obama Administration
    Bruce White
    Diplomatic Reception Room
    Ground Floor
    wallpaper
    This 2010 digital photograph by Bruce White shows the Diplomatic Reception Room during the administration of President Barack Obama. The French wallpaper, depicting scenes of Boston, Niagara Falls, West Point, Natural Bridge, and New York Harbor, was installed under the direction of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in 1961. Also note on display a desk-bookcase made by John Shaw of Annapolis, Maryland in 1797 as well as a tall case clock made by Effingham Embree of New York, circa 1790-1795.
  • Diplomatic Reception Room, Ronald Reagan Administration
    Erik Kvalsvik
    Diplomatic Reception Room
    Ground Floor
    wallpaper
    This circa 1987 color photograph by Erik Kvalsvik shows the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House during the administration of President Ronald Reagan. The French wallpaper, depicting scenes of Boston, Niagara Falls, West Point, Natural Bridge, and New York Harbor, was installed under the direction of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in 1961. Also note on display a desk-bookcase made by John Shaw of Annapolis, Maryland in 1797 as well as a tall case clock made by Effingham Embree of New York, circa 1790-1795.
  • Resurrection
    Alma Thomas
    Painting
    This acrylic and graphite on canvas painting was done by Alma Thomas, who was an educator and artist in Washington, D.C. for most of her career. She was a member of the Washington Color School. This painting was unveiled as part of the White House Collection during Black History Month 2015 and is the first in this collection by an African-American woman. This painting was acquired for the White House Collection with support from George B. Hartzog, Jr., and the White House Acquisition Trust/White House Historical Association.
  • Presentation Sword, Decatur House Collection
    William Rose
    Unknown
    furnishings
    swords
    Decatur House
    This sword was presented to Commodore Stephen Decatur by the Commonwealth of Virginia following his capture of the Macedonia on October 25, 1812. The blade was created in Philadelphia by William Rose and features an ivory and parcel-gilt hilt topped with a cast eagle, silver gilt plate, and brass stripes on the edges, and inlaid with gold foliage and silver lettering. An inscription on the blade reads, “In testimony of the splendid naval talents and valor displayed by Commodore Stephen Decatur commanding the United States Frigate UNITED STATES in the capture of the English Frigate MACEDONIA 25th, October 1812.” This presentation sword is part of the collection at Decatur House. In 2010, the White House Historical Association and National Trust entered into co-stewardship arrangement and Decatur House now serves as the David M. Rubenstein National Center for White House History.
  • Tambour Desk and Bookcase
    John & Thomas Seymour
    desk
    bookcase
    This mahogany tambour desk and bookcase made by John and Thomas Seymour was modeled after English designs. The desk has urn-shaped ivory keyhole escutcheons and the rich veneers and inlays characteristic of the Seymours. The desk was the gift of an anonymous donor and the White House Historical Association to the White House in 1974.
  • Bracket Clock
    Thomas Pearsall
    clock
    This mahogany bracket clock attributed to Thomas Pearsall and Effingham Embree of New York has a brass spring-driven movement and an American eagle on the dial. The bracket clock is an English form and in most cases exported to America, though a limited number were made domestically. The clock was a gift of the White House Historical Association to the White House in 1974.
  • Federal Style Side Chair
    Samuel McIntire
    chair
    This side chair in the Federal style is one of a matching set of eight. It has a rectangular tablet with a carved drapery and star-punched ground. These details are often associated with Samuel McIntire of Salem, Massachusetts. This chair was a gift of the White House Historical Association to the White House in 1961.
  • Tea Box with White House Wallpaper
    Unknown
    tea
    wallpaper
    The French woodblock wallpaper that lines this tea box is believed to be one of the only surviving artifacts from the pre-1814 President's House. First Lady Dolley Madison reportedly gave the wallpaper as a gift to Mary Latrobe, her friend and wife of architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe. The inscription written on the wallpaper reads: "Paper upon the Drawing Room of the President's House in Mr. Madison's time. Given to my mother by Mrs. Madison." This was written by the Latrobes' daughter, Julia. The tea box was returned to the White House as a gift from the White House Historical Association in 1971. The wallpaper in the box is by Jacquemart et Benard.
  • Tea Box with White House Wallpaper
    Unknown
    tea
    wallpaper
    The French woodblock wallpaper that lines this tea box is believed to be one of the only surviving artifacts from the pre-1814 President's House. First Lady Dolley Madison reportedly gave the wallpaper as a gift to Mary Latrobe, her friend and wife of architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe. The tea box was returned to the White House as a gift from the White House Historical Association in 1971. The wallpaper in the box is by Jacquemart de Benard.
  • Cylinder Desk with Bookcase
    Unknown
    bookcase
    desk
    This mahogany cylinder desk and bookcase, made of kingwood and striped maple, has gilded mounts and pulls, mirror plate, and glass. The desk was a gift of the White House Historical Association in 2000.
  • Mahogany Work Table
    John & Thomas Seymour
    table
    This mahogany work table by John and Thomas Seymour of Boston reflects the influence of English Regency style on Boston furniture. The table was a gift of the White House Historical Association in 1972.
  • State Dining Room, Barack Obama Administration
    Matthew D'Agostino
    State Dining Room
    State Floor
    This photograph of the State Dining Room was taken on July 27, 2016, during the Barack Obama administration. The State Dining Room is located on the State Floor of the White House. The room is often the setting for State or Official Dinners and is the second largest room in the White House. In 2015, refurbishment of the room, a three year project overseen by First Lady Michelle Obama, was completed. Among the improvements made to the room were a custom, woven rug with a motif of wreaths and maple leaves inspired by the plasterwork on the room's ceiling; peacock blue and ecru striped silk window treatments; and 34 mahogany chairs inspired by ones purchased by President James Monroe for the East Room in 1818.
  • State Dining Room, Barack Obama Administration
    Matthew D'Agostino
    State Dining Room
    State Floor
    This photograph of the State Dining Room was taken on July 27, 2016, during the Barack Obama administration. The State Dining Room is located on the State Floor of the White House. The room is often the setting for State or Official Dinners and is the second largest room in the White House. In 2015, refurbishment of the room, a three year project overseen by First Lady Michelle Obama, was completed. Among the improvements made to the room were a custom, woven rug with a motif of wreaths and maple leaves inspired by the plasterwork on the room's ceiling; peacock blue and ecru striped silk window treatments; and 34 mahogany chairs inspired by ones purchased by President James Monroe for the East Room in 1818.
  • State Dining Room, Barack Obama Administration
    Matthew D'Agostino
    State Dining Room
    State Floor
    This photograph of the State Dining Room was taken on July 1, 2015, during the Barack Obama administration. The State Dining Room is located on the State Floor of the White House. The room is often the setting for State or Official Dinners and is the second largest room in the White House. In 2015, refurbishment of the room, a three year project overseen by First Lady Michelle Obama, was completed. Among the improvements made to the room were a custom, woven rug with a motif of wreaths and maple leaves inspired by the plasterwork on the room's ceiling; peacock blue and ecru striped silk window treatments; and 34 mahogany chairs inspired by ones purchased by President James Monroe for the East Room in 1818.