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  • The President's House
    White House
    south view
    This oil painting by an unknown artist after William Bartlett shows a south view of the White House from the river. It was done during Andrew Jackson's presidency (1829-1837).
  • The White House in Spring
    Guy C. Wiggins
    White House
    south view
    This painting by Guy C. Wiggins is of the South Portico of the White House in springtime. The green grass and budding trees frame the White House, which has a large American flag flying above it. Three of his paintings are in the White House Collection.
  • Emigrant Scene
    W. H. Powell
    American West
    American Indians
    This painting is attributed to William Henry Powell (sometimes known as W.H. Powell), who was a New York City painter and trained under Henry Inman. The painting depicts a group of settlers and their horses around a covered wagon. An American Indian man is in the center of the group and pointing off into the distance, suggesting he is providing directions to the seated figure looking at a map. Powell's "Discovery of the Mississippi by De Soto A.D. 1541" hangs in the United States Capitol Rotunda.
  • Three-Master American Barque
    W. J. Bennett
    This seascape of a three-masted American ship, or barque, is attributed to W.J. Bennett, also known as William James Bennett. Dark clouds, high seas, and full sails suggest a stormy day as the ship navigates around a number of smaller vessels. Bennett was a British-born painter active in America and was a member of the National Academy of Design in New York City.
  • Hands Up! -- The Capture of Finnigan
    Frederic Remington
    American West
    This oil painting of an Old American West cowboy scene is by Frederic Remington. Remington, often referred to as Frederic Sackrider Remington, was a prolific painter of the American West and he focused primarily on subjects such as cowboys, American Indians, and the military. The painting is based on an account in future president Theodore Roosevelt's 1888 book Ranch Life and the Hunting Trail about his successful pursuit and capture of three thieves who had cut his boat loose from its mooring and taken it down the Little Missouri River. Remington and Roosevelt became close friends during this period. Three Remington pieces are in the White House Collection.
  • The Avenue in the Rain
    Childe Hassam
    American Flag
    New York
    This painting of American flags on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan is by one of the most prominent American Impressionists of the early 20th century, Frederick Childe Hassam (known to many as Childe Hassam). The painting depicts both flags hanging on Fifth Avenue as well as reflections of the flags in water following a rainstorm. The Avenue in the Rain is one of 30 flag paintings of his that coincided with World War I. Fifth Avenue in New York City was frequently decorated with American flags at the time, as the United States debated entry into the war. This piece was completed in February of 1917, barely two months before Congress declared war on Germany on April 6th. Six Hassam pieces are in the White House Collection.
  • Street Scene in Winter (Snowstorm, New York)
    Childe Hassam
    New York
    This landscape painting is by noted American Impressionist Frederick Childe Hassam (often referred to as Childe Hassam). It shows a snow-covered New York street. The central figure appears to be a young boy slogging his way through the storm. Six Hassam pieces are in the White House Collection.
  • The Declaration of Independence of the United States of America, July 4, 1776
    Charles-Edouard Armand-Dumaresq
    Declaration of Independence
    This painting of the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 is by artist Charles-Edouard Armand-Dumaresq. Also in the White House Collection is a sketch that may be a draft by the artist for this work. The painting depicts the delegates actively debating and voting on the Declaration. Armand-Dumaresq was a French painter who visited the United States in the 1870s.
  • U.S.S. Galena
    Antonio N. G. Jacobsen
    This oil painting by Antonio Nicolo Gaspara Jacobsen is of the USS Galena. There have been three ships in the history of the United States named Galena. This painting represents the second, a wooden steamer built and launched in 1879. She was the flagship of Rear Admiral Pierce Crosby between October 1882 and January 1883 and was decommissioned in 1890. Jacobsen was born in Denmark and immigrated to the United States in 1873. A prolific painter of ships and other maritime views, he was known as the "Audubon of Steam Vessels."
  • Lady Bird Johnson
    Elizabeth Shoumatoff
    This oil on canvas portrait of First Lady Lady Bird Johnson was painted by Elizabeth Shoumatoff. Mrs. Johnson graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in journalism. During her life prior to the White House, her business acumen meant she became the first First Lady to be a millionaire in her own right. As First Lady, she spearheaded beautification projects spanning cities and highways and initiated several firsts for her office. She was the first to have a press secretary and chief of staff, as well as the first to do a solo tour to campaign for major policy issues, such as the Civil Rights Act. Her husband, Lyndon Johnson, served as president from November 22, 1963 until January 20, 1969.
  • Marquis De Lafayette, Blair House Collection
    This is a portrait of the Marquis de Lafayette. The framed piece hangs on the left wall in the Entrance Hall of Blair House and is the first work of art guests observe upon entering the 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 historically where the president-elect and first family reside prior to taking the oath of office.
  • 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.
  • Gypsy Girl with Flowers
    Robert Henri
    Ashcan School
    This painting was done by American artist Robert Henri. Henri painted the little girl named Patience, while vacationing with Henri and his wife, Marjorie, joined George Bellows and his family for the summer in Ogunquit, Maine. She poses with flowers behind her, and her large, dark eyes stand out above her light gown, while her dark hair melds into the forest green background. Henri was a leading figure in the Ashcan school of realism and an influential teacher of art.
  • Red Roses and Green Leaves
    Martin Johnson Heade
    Hudson River School
    This still life done was done by Martin Johnson Heade around 1903. The painting reveals the fine details of a small bouquet of roses, complete with many layers of petals and the sharp tips of thorns, resting atop a light tablecloth. Heade was an American artist who moved from portrait painting to landscapes during his career, including a number of marine paintings made in Florida. Two of his landscapes are also in the White House Collection.
  • Under the Palisades, in October
    Jasper Francis Cropsey
    Hudson River School
    Hudson River
    This landscape is by Jasper Francis Cropsey, an American painter associated with the Hudson River School. This striking landscape is almost split between the darker cliff face, which is covered in trees whose leaves are turning, and the lighter left side of the sky and the quiet Hudson River, with a handful of boats visible on the water. Five of Cropsey's paintings are in the White House Collection.
  • The White House
    John Ross Key
    White House
    north view
    This painting of the North Portico in springtime is by John Ross Key, grandson of Francis Scott Key, author of "The Star Spangled Banner." The painting shows the White House from across the North Lawn, which is filled with greenery and blooming flowers surrounding the central fountain. Key began his career as a cartographer and draftsman and was a colleague of James McNeill Whistler at the United States Coast Survey when they were both young men.
  • The Farm Landing
    Edward Mitchell Bannister
    This painting of a private boat dock is by Edward Mitchell Bannister, one of the few paintings of this era by a person of color in the White House Collection. Bannister was originally Canadian and moved to the United States. Like James McNeil Whistler, Bannister was a Tonalist painter known for landscapes. This painting emphasizes different hues of green surrounding the small rowboat tied to a rustic dock that lies alongside a pasture.
  • John Hampden
    Hendrick Jan Serin
    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
    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.
  • Asgaard Cornfield (Corn and Oats, Gray Day)
    Rockwell Kent
    This painting by Rockwell Kent depicts Asgaard Farm, which he purchased in the 1920s in northeastern New York state on the Au Sable River. The dark green of the corn stalks in the foreground is matched by the dark green trees covering one of the Adirondack mountains that fill the upper portion of the painting.
  • Benjamin Franklin
    David Martin
    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.
  • Statue of Liberty
    Norman Rockwell
    Statue of Liberty
    This Norman Rockwell illustration was the July 4, 1946 cover of the "Saturday Evening Post." The Statue of Liberty is shown from behind the statue's right shoulder, with the arm holding the torch aloft filling the frame. Workmen are seen cleaning and repairing the torch. There is no known evidence of repairs at that time; Rockwell may have chosen the visual of restoring the statue's torch as a fitting image for the first Independence Day following the end of the Second World War in August 1945. Rockwell was an American painter and illustrator who created covers for the "Post" and other magazines. He is widely regarded as one of the most famous American artists of all time.
  • Castle Rock, Nahant, Massachusetts
    Alfred Thompson Bricher
    This landscape by Alfred Thompson Bricher is almost twice as wide as it is high, underscoring the vastness of the coast. The brown rock that rises on the left horizon is Castle Rock at Nahant, a peninsula near Lynn, Massachusetts. On the right side of the horizon stands a lighthouse on the small island of Egg Rock. Bricher is associated with the Hudson River School in American art and is known for seascapes and marine landscapes.
  • Tadeusz Kosciuszko
    Danute Sawnor
    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.