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  • Mary Arthur McElroy
    John Sartain
    portrait
    First Family
    This is a steel engraving of Mary Arthur McElroy, sister of President Chester A. Arthur, created by John Sartain. Sartain was one of the prominent engravers of the 19th century. McElroy filled some of the roles of First Lady during Arthur's presidency from 1881 to 1885. Arthur did not remarry after the death of his wife Ellen Herndon Arthur in 1880. McElroy was President Arthur's sister and had a family of her own. Due to this she only spent time in Washington D.C. during the winter social season.
  • John Hampden
    Hendrick Jan Serin
    portrait
    This portrait of John Hampden was done by Hendrick Jan Serin. Hampden was a figure in the English Civil War and was a leading politician and regimental officer on the side of the parliamentarians during the conflict. He was mortally wounded at the Battle of Chalgrove Field in Oxfordshire.
  • Mrs. Richard Brinsley Sheridan
    Gainsborough Dupont
    portrait
    This portrait of Mrs. Richard Brinsley Sheridan is attributed to Gainsborough Dupont after Thomas Gainsborough. Gainsborough was the dominant British portraitist in between 1750 and 1800 and was also a founding member of the Royal Academy. Dupont was Gainsborough's nephew and student. Mrs. Richard Brinsley Sheridan (nŽe Elizabeth Ann Linley) was a noted soprano and eldest daughter of composer Thomas Linley.
  • Benjamin Franklin
    David Martin
    portrait
    This portrait of Benjamin Franklin was painted by David Martin in 1767 in London, England. Franklin was a renowned author, inventor and philosopher who was also one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. He also served as the representative of the United States in France during the Revolutionary War. Martin was a Scottish painter who later became famous for portraits; this painting of Franklin was one of his early works. Franklin lived in London twice on behalf of the United States and its interests. This portrait was commissioned by Robert Alexander of William Alexander and Sons in Edinburgh, Scotland during one of those stays when Alexander had a property claim being disputed with another man. Both Alexander and the plaintiff agreed to seek Franklin's legal advice and promised to adhere to Franklin's decision. Franklin ruled in favor of Alexander, who commissioned the portrait in gratitude for Franklin's ruling.
  • Tadeusz Kosciuszko
    Danute Sawnor
    portrait
    This copy of a portrait of Tadeusz Kosciuszko was done by Danute Sawnor, based on the original portrait by Jozef Grassi. Kosciuszko was a Polish military leader who fought in the American Revolution. Kosciuszko is depicted wearing the insignia of the Order of Cincinnati, an exclusive society of military officers formed during the Revolutionary era.
  • Alexander Hamilton
    John Trumbull
    portrait
    This portrait of Alexander Hamilton, the first secretary of treasury, was painted by John Trumbull and was completed circa 1805. Trumbull, who had served as personal aide to General George Washington during the Revolutionary War, painted numerous portraits which are in the White House Collection. Four of his paintings adorn the walls of the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C. Hamilton was an influential figure in the early years of the United States and died at the age of 49 following a famous duel with Vice President Aaron Burr.
  • Unidentified Man
    Benjamin Henry Latrobe
    portrait
    This portrait of an unidentified man was a pencil sketch attributed to Benjamin Henry Latrobe. Latrobe is best known as the architect who designed the U.S. Capitol, St. John's Church and the Decatur House in Lafayette Square, the White House East and West Terraces, and the Madison state rooms, and was the chief engineer for the U.S. Navy.
  • Lucy Payne Washington Todd
    Matthew Harris Jouett
    portrait
    This portrait of Lucy Payne Washington Todd is attributed to Matthew Harris Jouett. Lucy Payne was the sister of First Lady Dolley Payne Madison. She first married George Steptoe Washington, nephew of President George Washington. After his death, she married U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thomas Todd. Her marriage to Todd on March 29, 1812 was the first documented marriage at the White House. Jouett studied under renowned portrait painter Gilbert Stuart and painted multiple portraits of famous figures of the era.
  • James Freeman Curtis
    John Coles, Jr.
    portrait
    This portrait of James Freeman Curtis was done by John Coles, Jr. Curtis served in the United States Navy during the War of 1812 and was captured by the British and held prisoner for a time. After leaving the service he became a successful businessman in New England.
  • Colonel William Drayton
    Samuel Finley Breese Morse
    portrait
    This portrait of Colonel William Drayton was done by Samuel Finley Breese Morse. Drayton served in the War of 1812, and was offered the post of secretary of war in the cabinet of President Andrew Jackson and declined. A lawyer, he was appointed a criminal magistrate in Charleston, South Carolina. He was elected to Congress and served from 1825-1833. Morse was a successful painter but is more well-known for inventing the telegraph and creating the system of communication for the new device, the Morse Code.
  • Anna Payne Cutts (Ms. Richard Payne Cutts)
    Gilbert Stuart
    portrait
    This portrait by Gilbert Stuart is of Anna Payne Cutts. Cutts was Dolley Payne Madison's younger sister and she sat for this portrait for Stuart at about the same time she married Richard Cutts, a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts. Born in Rhode Island, Stuart was a renowned portraitist and is known for his portraits of many leading figures, including presidents George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe.
  • Fanny Kemble
    Thomas Sully
    portrait
    This portrait of British actress Frances Anne Kemble, commonly known as Fanny Kemble, is by British-American painter Thomas Sully. Sully painted Kemble while she was visiting the United States and performing in various cities such as New York and Philadelphia. After a performance in Washington, D.C. in 1833, Kemble was presented to President Andrew Jackson at the White House. The provenance of this painting is hazy because Sully painted two portraits of her. The one in the White House Collection is presumed to have been given to Kemble, who then passed it on to her daughter, Frances. Born in Britain, Sully's family emigrated to the Charleston, South Carolina when he was still a child. He studied portrait painting with Gilbert Stuart as a young man and earned a reputation as a premiere portrait painter in his own right.
  • Benjamin Henry Boneval Latrobe
    Charles Willson Peale
    portrait
    This portrait by Charles Willson Peale is of architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe. President Thomas Jefferson appointed Latrobe Surveyor of Public Buildings in 1803. Latrobe is best known as the architect who designed the U.S. Capitol, St. John's Church and the Decatur House in Lafayette Square, the White House East and West Terraces, and the Madison state rooms. He was also the chief engineer for the U.S. Navy. Peale was a soldier and inventor as well as an artist and created many portraits of Revolutionary War era figures. His younger brother, James, and his son Rubens, each have pieces in the White House Collection.
  • Commodore John Barry
    Gilbert Stuart
    portrait
    This portrait of Commodore John Barry was completed ca. 1801 by acclaimed portraitist Gilbert Stuart. For his distinguished naval service during the American Revolution, Barry earned the moniker "the Father of the American Navy." Barry is depicted wearing the badge of the Society of the Cincinnati, founded in 1783 by officers of the Continental Army and their French counterparts who served together in the American Revolution. Bates Littlehales photographed the painting in March 1962 during the John F. Kennedy administration. The portrait was on loan to the White House from the Collection of J. J. Ryan.
  • Lou Henry Hoover
    Richard Marsden Brown
    official portrait
    This oil on canvas portrait of First Lady Lou Henry Hoover was painted by Richard Marsden Brown. Highly educated, Mrs. Hoover graduated Stanford University with a degree in geology. She was at the time the only woman in Stanford's geology program. Mrs. Hoover was active with the Girl Scouts of America, serving as the national president from 1922-1925 and 1935-1937. Her husband was president from March 4, 1929 until March 4, 1933. Bates Littlehales photographed the framed portrait in March 1962 during the John F. Kennedy administration.
  • Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt
    Théobald Chartran
    portrait
    This portrait of First Lady Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt was painted in 1902 by Théobald Chartran, a French artist who became one of the most fashionable portraitists of the early 20th century. Mrs. Roosevelt, wife of President Theodore Roosevelt who served in office from September 14, 1901 until March 4, 1909, poses in the colonial garden, known today as the Rose Garden, which she established near the White House's new West Wing. Chartran repositioned the South Portico so it would appear in the portrait for aesthetic effect. Bates Littlehales photographed the portrait and its frame in March 1962 during the John F. Kennedy administration.
  • Commodore John Barry
    Gilbert Stuart
    portrait
    This portrait of Commodore John Barry was completed ca. 1801 by acclaimed portraitist Gilbert Stuart. For his distinguished naval service during the American Revolution, Barry earned the moniker "the Father of the American Navy." Barry is depicted wearing the badge of the Society of the Cincinnati, founded in 1783 by officers of the Continental Army and their French counterparts who served together in the American Revolution. Bates Littlehales photographed the painting in March 1962 during the John F. Kennedy administration. The portrait was on loan to the White House from the Collection of J. J. Ryan.
  • Lou Henry Hoover
    Richard Marsden Brown
    official portrait
    This oil on canvas portrait of First Lady Lou Henry Hoover was painted by Richard Marsden Brown. Highly educated, Mrs. Hoover graduated Stanford University with a degree in geology. She was at the time the only woman in Stanford's geology program. Mrs. Hoover was active with the Girl Scouts of America, serving as the national president from 1922-1925 and 1935-1937. Her husband was president from March 4, 1929 until March 4, 1933. Bates Littlehales photographed the framed portrait in March 1962 during the John F. Kennedy administration.
  • Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt
    Théobald Chartran
    portrait
    This portrait of First Lady Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt was painted in 1902 by Théobald Chartran, a French artist who became one of the most fashionable portraitists of the early 20th century. Mrs. Roosevelt, wife of President Theodore Roosevelt who served in office from September 14, 1901 until March 4, 1909, poses in the colonial garden, known today as the Rose Garden, which she established near the White House's new West Wing. Chartran repositioned the South Portico so it would appear in the portrait for aesthetic effect. Bates Littlehales photographed the portrait and its frame in March 1962 during the John F. Kennedy administration.
  • Commodore John Barry
    Gilbert Stuart
    portrait
    This portrait of Commodore John Barry was completed ca. 1801 by acclaimed portraitist Gilbert Stuart. For his distinguished naval service during the American Revolution, Barry earned the moniker "the Father of the American Navy." Barry is depicted wearing the badge of the Society of the Cincinnati, founded in 1783 by officers of the Continental Army and their French counterparts who served together in the American Revolution. Bates Littlehales photographed the painting in March 1962 during the John F. Kennedy administration. The portrait was on loan to the White House from the Collection of J. J. Ryan.
  • Lou Henry Hoover
    Richard Marsden Brown
    official portrait
    This oil on canvas portrait of First Lady Lou Henry Hoover was painted by Richard Marsden Brown. Highly educated, Mrs. Hoover graduated Stanford University with a degree in geology. She was at the time the only woman in Stanford's geology program. Mrs. Hoover was active with the Girl Scouts of America, serving as the national president from 1922-1925 and 1935-1937. Her husband was president from March 4, 1929 until March 4, 1933. Bates Littlehales photographed the framed portrait in March 1962 during the John F. Kennedy administration.
  • Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt
    Théobald Chartran
    portrait
    This portrait of First Lady Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt was painted in 1902 by Théobald Chartran, a French artist who became one of the most fashionable portraitists of the early 20th century. Mrs. Roosevelt, wife of President Theodore Roosevelt who served in office from September 14, 1901 until March 4, 1909, poses in the colonial garden, known today as the Rose Garden, which she established near the White House's new West Wing. Chartran repositioned the South Portico so it would appear in the portrait for aesthetic effect. Bates Littlehales photographed the portrait and its frame in March 1962 during the John F. Kennedy administration.
  • Commodore John Barry
    Gilbert Stuart
    portrait
    This portrait of Commodore John Barry was completed ca. 1801 by acclaimed portraitist Gilbert Stuart. For his distinguished naval service during the American Revolution, Barry earned the moniker "the Father of the American Navy." Barry is depicted wearing the badge of the Society of the Cincinnati, founded in 1783 by officers of the Continental Army and their French counterparts who served together in the American Revolution. Bates Littlehales photographed the painting in March 1962 during the John F. Kennedy administration. The portrait was on loan to the White House from the Collection of J. J. Ryan.
  • Lyndon B. Johnson Watercolor Portrait
    Elizabeth Shoumatoff
    portrait
    This watercolor portrait of President Lyndon B. Johnson was created on paper by Elizabeth Shoumatoff in 1968. Shoumatoff, like many artists, used proof studies to map the color and composition of a painting before creating the final product.
  • Grover Cleveland
    Victor Dubreuil
    portrait
    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.