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  • Going to Church
    George Henry Durrie
    landscape
    snow
    This rural landscape by George Henry Durrie was completed in 1853. A native of New England, Durrie often presented idyllic images of farm life, quiet refuges from America's rapid industrialization and escalating social and political tensions. This winter scene depicts members of a small town heading to church on foot and in horse-drawn sleighs.
  • Eleanor Roosevelt
    Douglas Chandor
    portrait
    This oil on canvas portrait of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was painted by Douglas Chandor. Her husband, Franklin Roosevelt, was president from March 4, 1933 until his death on April 12, 1945, a span of time that included the Great Depression and the entirety of World War II. Mrs. Roosevelt advocated for many causes during her years in the White House, holding press conferences, traveling extensively, and writing a syndicated newspaper column. Following her time as first lady, Mrs. Roosevelt was appointed a delegate to the United Nations General Assembly and was the first chair of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. There, she co-drafted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 1949, Mrs. Roosevelt first sat for her portrait in Chandor's New York studio. The White House Historical Association purchased the portrait for the White House Collection. On February 4, 1966, First Lady Lady Bird Johnson invited more than 250 guests to the White House for the presentation of Eleanor Roosevelt's official portrait. Joseph J. Scherschel photographed the portrait in August 1965 at the time of its acquisition into the White House Collection.
  • Eleanor Roosevelt
    Douglas Chandor
    portrait
    This oil on canvas portrait of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was painted by Douglas Chandor. Her husband, Franklin Roosevelt, was president from March 4, 1933 until his death on April 12, 1945, a span of time that included the Great Depression and the entirety of World War II. Mrs. Roosevelt advocated for many causes during her years in the White House, holding press conferences, traveling extensively, and writing a syndicated newspaper column. Following her time as first lady, Mrs. Roosevelt was appointed a delegate to the United Nations General Assembly and was the first chair of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. There, she co-drafted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 1949, Mrs. Roosevelt first sat for her portrait in Chandor's New York studio. The White House Historical Association purchased the portrait for the White House Collection. On February 4, 1966, First Lady Lady Bird Johnson invited more than 250 guests to the White House for the presentation of Eleanor Roosevelt's official portrait. Joseph J. Scherschel photographed the portrait in August 1965 at the time of its acquisition into the White House Collection.
  • Eleanor Roosevelt
    Douglas Chandor
    portrait
    This oil on canvas portrait of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was painted by Douglas Chandor. Her husband, Franklin Roosevelt, was president from March 4, 1933 until his death on April 12, 1945, a span of time that included the Great Depression and the entirety of World War II. Mrs. Roosevelt advocated for many causes during her years in the White House, holding press conferences, traveling extensively, and writing a syndicated newspaper column. Following her time as first lady, Mrs. Roosevelt was appointed a delegate to the United Nations General Assembly and was the first chair of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. There, she co-drafted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 1949, Mrs. Roosevelt first sat for her portrait in Chandor's New York studio. The White House Historical Association purchased the portrait for the White House Collection. On February 4, 1966, First Lady Lady Bird Johnson invited more than 250 guests to the White House for the presentation of Eleanor Roosevelt's official portrait. Joseph J. Scherschel photographed the portrait in August 1965 at the time of its acquisition into the White House Collection.
  • Eleanor Roosevelt
    Douglas Chandor
    portrait
    This oil on canvas portrait of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was painted by Douglas Chandor. Her husband, Franklin Roosevelt, was president from March 4, 1933 until his death on April 12, 1945, a span of time that included the Great Depression and the entirety of World War II. Mrs. Roosevelt advocated for many causes during her years in the White House, holding press conferences, traveling extensively, and writing a syndicated newspaper column. Following her time as first lady, Mrs. Roosevelt was appointed a delegate to the United Nations General Assembly and was the first chair of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. There, she co-drafted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 1949, Mrs. Roosevelt first sat for her portrait in Chandor's New York studio. The White House Historical Association purchased the portrait for the White House Collection. On February 4, 1966, First Lady Lady Bird Johnson invited more than 250 guests to the White House for the presentation of Eleanor Roosevelt's official portrait. Joseph J. Scherschel photographed the portrait in August 1965 at the time of its acquisition into the White House Collection.
  • Francis Preston Blair, Jr., Blair House Collection
    Henry Ulke
    This portrait of Francis Preston Blair, Jr. historically hangs in the library of Blair House. Blair House is located across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House and has been used as the president's guest house since the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration. Visiting diplomats and dignitaries stay at Blair House while on official visits with the White House and is also where the president-elect and first family reside prior to taking the oath of office. Blair, Jr. was the middle son of the Blair family. He chose to live in St. Louis, Missouri, where he was a real estate businessman. During the Civil War he commanded a group of volunteers from St. Louis in fighting for the Union.
  • Abigail Adams
    Gilbert Stuart
    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.
  • Niagara Falls
    John Frederick Kensett
    waterfall
    landscape
    Hudson River School
    This oval-shaped landscape of Niagara Falls, New York was painted by John Frederick Kensett circa 1852-1854. Niagara Falls is painted from a distance with a high rising cloud of mist rising in the center of the painting. Born in Connecticut, Kensett was known for his paintings of New York and New England and his works are associated with the Luminist style, an offshoot of the Hudson River School. Kensett was one of the founding members of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Bates Littlehales photographed the framed painting in March 1962 during the John F. Kennedy administration.
  • Niagara Falls
    John Frederick Kensett
    waterfall
    landscape
    Hudson River School
    This oval-shaped landscape of Niagara Falls, New York was painted by John Frederick Kensett circa 1852-1854. Niagara Falls is painted from a distance with a high rising cloud of mist rising in the center of the painting. Born in Connecticut, Kensett was known for his paintings of New York and New England and his works are associated with the Luminist style, an offshoot of the Hudson River School. Kensett was one of the founding members of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Bates Littlehales photographed the framed painting in March 1962 during the John F. Kennedy administration.
  • Mouth of the Delaware
    Thomas Birch
    ship
    seascape
    Delaware
    Delaware River
    This seascape of ships and boats crossing the rough current of the Delaware River was painted by Thomas Birch in 1828. The small rowboats are possibly harbor pilots who would help larger vessels navigate the Delaware River and Delaware Bay. It is likely this seascape takes place in Lewes, Delaware near Cape Henlopen due to the presence of these harbor pilots. Birch was born in Britain and came to the United States in 1794. He primarily worked in portraits and marine paintings. Bates Littlehales photographed the framed painting in March 1962 during the John F. Kennedy administration.
  • Niagara Falls
    John Frederick Kensett
    waterfall
    landscape
    Hudson River School
    This oval-shaped landscape of Niagara Falls, New York was painted by John Frederick Kensett circa 1852-1854. Niagara Falls is painted from a distance with a high rising cloud of mist rising in the center of the painting. Born in Connecticut, Kensett was known for his paintings of New York and New England and his works are associated with the Luminist style, an offshoot of the Hudson River School. Kensett was one of the founding members of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Bates Littlehales photographed the framed painting in March 1962 during the John F. Kennedy administration.
  • The First Naval Action in the War of 1812
    William John Huggins
    ship
    seascape
    War of 1812
    This painting by William John Huggins depicting the first naval battle of the War of 1812, with several warships seen sailing on the horizon was completed in 1816. The watercolor captures the first naval action that broke out between the United States and Great Britain when the HMS Belvidera encountered the frigates USS President and USS United States and the sloops Hornet and Argus on June 23, 1812. The USS Congress, which was also present at the engagement, is not pictured. The British were not aware war had been declared when the American ships fired upon them. The Belvidera was able to evade and escape the confrontation. This same event is captured in a different painting in the White House Collection by James Stilwell. Huggins was a British artist well-known for his marine landscapes featuring ships. Bates Littlehales photographed the framed painting in March 1962 during the John F. Kennedy administration.
  • Still Life with Fruit
    Rubens Peale
    fruit
    still life
    This still life by American artist Rubens Peale was painted circa 1862. The oil on canvas still life captures an array of grapes, melon, and peaches or apples strewn across a tabletop along with a white cloth. Peale was the son of Charles Willson Peale, whose portrait of Benjamin Henry Latrobe is in the White House Collection, and the nephew of James Peale, who also has two still lifes in the White House Collection. Bates Littlehales photographed the painting in March 1962 during the John F. Kennedy administration.
  • The First Naval Action in the War of 1812
    William John Huggins
    ship
    seascape
    War of 1812
    This painting by William John Huggins depicting the first naval battle of the War of 1812, with several warships seen sailing on the horizon was completed in 1816. The watercolor captures the first naval action that broke out between the United States and Great Britain when the HMS Belvidera encountered the frigates USS President and USS United States and the sloops Hornet and Argus on June 23, 1812. The USS Congress, which was also present at the engagement, is not pictured. The British were not aware war had been declared when the American ships fired upon them. The Belvidera was able to evade and escape the confrontation. This same event is captured in a different painting in the White House Collection by James Stilwell. Huggins was a British artist well-known for his marine landscapes featuring ships. Bates Littlehales photographed the framed painting in March 1962 during the John F. Kennedy administration.
  • Still Life with Fruit
    Rubens Peale
    fruit
    still life
    This still life by American artist Rubens Peale was painted circa 1862. The oil on canvas still life captures an array of grapes, melon, and peaches or apples strewn across a tabletop along with a white cloth. Peale was the son of Charles Willson Peale, whose portrait of Benjamin Henry Latrobe is in the White House Collection, and the nephew of James Peale, who also has two still lifes in the White House Collection. Bates Littlehales photographed the painting in March 1962 during the John F. Kennedy administration.
  • Mouth of the Delaware
    Thomas Birch
    ship
    seascape
    Delaware
    Delaware River
    This seascape of ships and boats crossing the rough current of the Delaware River was painted by Thomas Birch in 1828. The small rowboats are possibly harbor pilots who would help larger vessels navigate the Delaware River and Delaware Bay. It is likely this seascape takes place in Lewes, Delaware near Cape Henlopen due to the presence of these harbor pilots. Birch was born in Britain and came to the United States in 1794. He primarily worked in portraits and marine paintings. Bates Littlehales photographed the framed painting in March 1962 during the John F. Kennedy administration.
  • Still Life With Fruit, Goblet, and Canary (Nature's Bounty)
    Severin Roesen
    still life
    This 1851 still life by Severin Roesen captures a tabletop with an overabundance of fruit strewn across several pieces of china and tiered stands. There is also a glass goblet filled with white wine, a canary, and fruit ranging from grapes to apples to lemons to cherries. The German-born Roesen immigrated to the United States in 1848 and was a prolific painter of still lifes such as this one. Three of his still lifes are in the White House Collection. Bates Littlehales photographed this painting in March 1962 during the John F. Kennedy administration.
  • The First Naval Action in the War of 1812
    William John Huggins
    ship
    seascape
    War of 1812
    This painting by William John Huggins depicting the first naval battle of the War of 1812, with several warships seen sailing on the horizon was completed in 1816. The watercolor captures the first naval action that broke out between the United States and Great Britain when the HMS Belvidera encountered the frigates USS President and USS United States and the sloops Hornet and Argus on June 23, 1812. The USS Congress, which was also present at the engagement, is not pictured. The British were not aware war had been declared when the American ships fired upon them. The Belvidera was able to evade and escape the confrontation. This same event is captured in a different painting in the White House Collection by James Stilwell. Huggins was a British artist well-known for his marine landscapes featuring ships. Bates Littlehales photographed the framed painting in March 1962 during the John F. Kennedy administration.
  • Still Life With Fruit, Goblet, and Canary (Nature's Bounty)
    Severin Roesen
    still life
    This 1851 still life by Severin Roesen captures a tabletop with an overabundance of fruit strewn across several pieces of china and tiered stands. There is also a glass goblet filled with white wine, a canary, and fruit ranging from grapes to apples to lemons to cherries. The German-born Roesen immigrated to the United States in 1848 and was a prolific painter of still lifes such as this one. Three of his still lifes are in the White House Collection. Bates Littlehales photographed this painting 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.
  • Still Life With Fruit, Goblet, and Canary (Nature's Bounty)
    Severin Roesen
    still life
    This 1851 still life by Severin Roesen captures a tabletop with an overabundance of fruit strewn across several pieces of china and tiered stands. There is also a glass goblet filled with white wine, a canary, and fruit ranging from grapes to apples to lemons to cherries. The German-born Roesen immigrated to the United States in 1848 and was a prolific painter of still lifes such as this one. Three of his still lifes are in the White House Collection. Bates Littlehales photographed this painting 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.