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  • This painting of the geyser Old Faithful was done by Albert Bierstadt. It is believed this scene was painted from sketches made by Bierstadt following a visit to Yellowstone National Park in July 1881. President Ulysses S. Grant established the park on March 1, 1872 with the signing of the Yellowstone National Park Protection Act. This law made Yellowstone the world's first national park. Bierstadt was among the Hudson River School artists of the 19th century. Bierstadt was renowned for his depictions of the American West and documenting Westward Expansion in the late 19th century. There are six pieces by Bierstadt in the White House Collection.
    Keywords: landscape, Hudson River School, American West, Yellowstone National Park
    Last Modified: 6/22/2017
    File name: 8774.tif
  • This 2011 oil on canvas painting by Peter Waddell depicts President James Buchanan with his niece, and White House hostess, Harriet Lane greeting three Japanese visitors to the White House. The Japanese diplomats arrived in the United States in the spring of 1860. The visit was a response to the 1852-1854 expedition to Japan by Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry that resulted in an open trade treaty between the two nations.
    Keywords: delegation, White House Guests, First Family
    Last Modified: 3/28/2017
    File name: 9388.tif
  • This reproduction is of a portrait of First Lady Dolley Payne Todd Madison painted by Bass Otis in the mid-19th century. Dolley Madison served as first lady during her husband's tenure as the fourth president of the United States from 1809 to 1817.
    Keywords: portrait, First Family
    Last Modified: 3/28/2017
    File name: 3824.tif
  • This oil on canvas portrait of William Henry Harrison was completed by an unknown artist circa 1840 after work by artist Abel Nichols. Lightly inscribed in the lower left is the name "R.E. Earl." Harrison, known for his military service in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, came out of retirement in 1840 to win the presidential election and become the 9th president of the United States. After serving only 32 days, however, Harrison became the first president to die in office. His term remains the shortest presidential tenure to date. His grandson, Benjamin Harrison, would be elected in 1889 as the 23rd president.
    Keywords: portrait
    Last Modified: 3/28/2017
    File name: 3880.tif
  • This portrait of President Zachary Taylor was painted by an unknown artist around 1847, just prior to his presidency. It depicts President Taylor wearing his military uniform. Taylor fought in the War of 1812, the Black Hawk War, and the Second Seminole War. His reputation as a war hero during the Mexican-American War helped propel him to the presidency.
    Keywords: portrait
    Last Modified: 3/28/2017
    File name: 3296.tif
  • This 1879 oil on canvas portrait of President Andrew Jackson was completed 42 years after his presidency by Eliphalet Frazer Andrews from an original 1845 portrait by Thomas Sully. Jackson, the 7th president, was president from March 4, 1829 until March 4, 1837. Prior to his election, President Jackson served in the United States House of Representatives and United States Senate for the state of Tennessee and was a major general during the War of 1812.
    Keywords: portrait
    Last Modified: 3/28/2017
    File name: 3119.tif
  • This oil on canvas portrait of President William Henry Harrison was completed by Eliphalet Frazer Andrews in 1879 after James Henry Beard's 1840 portrait. Prior to his presidential election, Harrison was an officer in the United States Army, serving during the Battle of Tippecanoe and the War of 1812. The plate on the bottom of the frame states: "William Henry Harrison 9th president born: Virginia March 4, 1841-April 4, 1841." Harrison died barely a month into his term. His grandson, Benjamin Harrison, served as the 23rd president 1889-1893.
    Keywords: portrait
    Last Modified: 3/28/2017
    File name: 3292.tif
  • This portrait of Sarah Yorke Jackson was completed by Mayna Treanor Avent circa 1921, after a Ralph Eleaser Whiteside Earl portrait from circa 1833. Sarah Yorke Jackson was the wife of Andrew Jackson Jr., who was the adopted son of President Andrew Jackson. Sarah filled the role of White House hostess during the last months of the Jackson administration after the death of Emily Tennessee Donelson, wife of President Jackson's orphaned nephew Andrew Jackson Donelson. President Jackson and his wife, the late Rachel Jackson, served as guardians for Andrew Jackson Donelson and his siblings. Rachel never fulfilled the duties of first lady as she passed away just three months before President Jackson took office. Emily Tennessee Donelson and Sarah Yorke Jackson stepped in to fill that role and serve as White House hostess during his eight year administration.
    Keywords: portrait, First Family
    Last Modified: 3/28/2017
    File name: 3735.tif
  • This oil on canvas portrait, completed by an unknown artist in 1822, depicts President Zachary Taylor's mother, Sarah Dabney Strother Taylor. Sarah is pictured facing left with a lace bonnet. The Taylors were farm and plantation owners, moving from Virginia to Kentucky when the future president was an infant. Prior to being elected, President Taylor served in the United States Army. He fought in the War of 1812, the Black Hawk War, and the Second Seminole War. His reputation as a war hero during the Mexican-American War helped propel him to the presidency.
    Keywords: portrait, First Family
    Last Modified: 3/28/2017
    File name: 3896.tif
  • This oil on canvas painting was created by Gordon Phillips in 1966. It depicts First Lady Abigail Adams and her granddaughter, Susanna, watching a servant hang laundry in the unfinished East Room. When President John Adams and his family moved into the White House in 1800, many of the rooms and hallways were incomplete. The East Room could not be used as a place to host receptions, so Mrs. Adams used it to dry laundry. Susanna was the daughter of Charles Adams, the President and First Lady's second son and younger brother to future president John Quincy Adams.
    Keywords: First Family, East Room
    Last Modified: 3/28/2017
    File name: 127.tif
  • This 1879 portrait of President Zachary Taylor was painted by Eliphalet Frazer Andrews and is based on a circa 1850 portrait completed by John Vanderlyn. Prior to being elected, President Taylor served in the United States Army. He fought in the War of 1812, the Black Hawk War, and the Second Seminole War. His reputation as a war hero during the Mexican-American War helped propel him to the presidency.
    Keywords: portrait
    Last Modified: 3/28/2017
    File name: 3733.tif
  • This 1970 oil on panel painting by artist Louis S. Glanzman shows President John Quincy Adams and First Lady Louisa Catherine Adams. This painting depicts Mrs. Adams winding silk while President Adams works at a table. President Adams and his father, President John Adams, were the first father and son elected president of the United States. The elder father served from 1797-1801 while the younger served from 1825-1829.
    Keywords: First Family
    Last Modified: 3/28/2017
    File name: 553.tif
  • This painting by Peter Waddell titled "The Splendid Mrs. Madison: In the Elliptical Saloon 1810-1814," depicts First Lady Dolley Madison during one of her weekly parties. Mrs. Madison was a popular White House hostess while her husband, President James Madison, was in office. The Elliptical Saloon is now known as the Blue Room, one of the State Floor parlors and one of the more recognizable rooms in the White House. The Cross Hall and Entrance Hall are visible through the open door in the background, with a glimpse of the opened North Door leading out onto the North Portico and beyond.
    Keywords: Blue Room
    Last Modified: 3/28/2017
    File name: 9308.tif
  • This portrait of President Zachary Taylor was painted by an unknown artist between 1835 and 1845. Prior to being elected president, President Taylor served in the United States Army. Taylor fought in the War of 1812, the Black Hawk War, and the Second Seminole War. His reputation as a war hero during the Mexican-American War helped propel him to the presidency.
    Keywords: portrait
    Last Modified: 3/28/2017
    File name: 3897.tif
  • This modern painting of First Lady Lucy Webb Hayes and her personal maid, Mary, was commissioned by the White House Historical Association and painted by artist Peter Waddell. The painting captures Mary assisting Mrs. Hayes in a bedroom in the White House. Mary was the daughter of Winnie Monroe, who also worked in the White House as a nurse and cook. Both Mary and Winnie were close members of the Hayes household staff, moving with the family from their home state of Ohio to Washington, D.C. upon President Rutherford B. Hayes' election. On the purple chair beside the two women rests Siam, the Hayes children's pet Siamese cat. Siam was sent to the children by the American consul in Bangkok and was the first Siamese cat in the United States.
    Keywords: First Family, pets
    Last Modified: 3/9/2017
    File name: 9484.tif
  • This oil on canvas portrait is of President Ulysses S. Grant. He was the 18th President from 1869-1877. Prior to his presidency, Grant served as an officer during the Civil War, rising to the rank of lieutenant general and obtaining command of all Union Armies. He married Julia Dent in 1848 and they had four children together: Frederick, Ulysses, Nellie, and Jesse.
    Keywords: portrait
    Last Modified: 3/9/2017
    File name: 3878.tif
  • This oil on canvas portrait of First Lady Mamie Eisenhower was painted by Thomas Edgar Stevens. As first lady, Mrs. Eisenhower was an active hostess and entertained more heads of state and leaders of foreign governments than her predecessors. Her husband served as president from January 20, 1953 until January 20, 1961.
    Keywords: official portrait
    Last Modified: 2/15/2017
    File name: 138.tif
  • This portrait of First Lady Caroline Harrison was done by Daniel Huntington. Born in Ohio, Caroline was an accomplished musician and amateur painter. During her years in the White House she pushed to renovate and preserve the mansion, and she also served as the first president general of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Sadly, she died of tuberculosis at the White House on October 25, 1892, before her husband's term in office ended the following March.
    Keywords: portrait
    Last Modified: 2/14/2017
    File name: 134.tif
  • This portrait of President Benjamin Harrison was done by American Impressionist painter Theodore Clement Steele in 1901. Steele, professionally known as T. C. Steele, was an acclaimed artist best known for his Indiana landscape paintings.
    Keywords: portrait
    Last Modified: 2/14/2017
    File name: 3844.tif
  • This oil on canvas portrait of President Benjamin Harrison was done by Eastman Johnson. Johnson's career covered several subjects including portraits of famous Americans and Native American communities. Benjamin Harrison was the grandson of William Henry Harrison, the ninth President of the United States. He was a Senator prior to serving as president from March 4, 1889 until March 4, 1893.
    Keywords: portrait
    Last Modified: 2/14/2017
    File name: 6.tif
  • This portrait of First Lady Frances Folsom Cleveland was done by Charles W. Wright. When Mrs. Cleveland married President Grover Cleveland on June 2, 1886, she became the youngest woman to serve as first lady at the age of 21. She was also the first bride of a president to be married in the White House.
    Keywords: portrait
    Last Modified: 2/14/2017
    File name: 3864.tif
  • This portrait of President Grover Cleveland was done by Victor Dubreuil. President Cleveland was the first president to serve two non-consecutive terms. He was both the 22nd (1885-1889) and 24th (1893-1897) President of the United States.
    Keywords: portrait
    Last Modified: 2/14/2017
    File name: 8756.tif
  • This portrait of President Andrew Jackson was painted ca. 1835 by Ralph Eleaser Whiteside Earl, sometimes referred to as Ralph E. W. Earl. Earl worked frequently with President Jackson, painting portraits of his friends and family including Jackson's niece Emily Tennessee Donelson, who served as White House hostess during Jackson's administration. Jackson was president from March 4, 1829 until March 4, 1837. He had served in the House of Representatives and the Senate prior to his time in the White House, but was most famous for his victories as a Major General in the War of 1812.
    Keywords: official portrait
    Last Modified: 2/2/2017
    File name: 4.tif
  • This portrait of Abigail Adams was done by Gilbert Stuart, who was one of the most well-known portrait artists of the time. She was the wife of President John Adams and the mother of President John Quincy Adams. She traveled to Europe with her husband as he served the new United States in France and Great Britain. Although possessed of no formal education, Abigail was an avid reader and took charge of her children's education when it was interrupted by the Revolutionary War. Despite her failing health, she was the first First Lady to preside over the White House in Washington, D.C.
    Keywords:
    Last Modified: 1/10/2017
    File name: 151.tif
  • This is a reproduction of a portrait of Elizabeth Monroe attributed to John Vanderlyn. The reproduction was painted by Eben Farrington Comins. Monroe accompanied her husband James Monroe on trips to Europe while he was the U.S. Minister. On one trip, she played a role in saving the wife of the Marquis de Lafayette from being executed by guillotine. Her role as First Lady in the White House was limited by her ailments.
    Keywords: portrait
    Last Modified: 1/10/2017
    File name: 3752.tif