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  • Drawing of the Front Hall's Curved Doorway, Decatur House Collection
    Benjamn Henry Latrobe
    plans
    Decatur House
    Washington, D.C.
    This architectural drawing of the entrance hall doors to Decatur House was created by Benjamin Henry Latrobe in January 1818. The drawing also depicts the door elevation and reflected ceiling. Latrobe is best known as the architect who designed the United States Capitol, St. John's Church, 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. Completed in 1818, Decatur House was the third building on Lafayette Square and its first private residence. Decatur House was designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe, the architect of the Capitol and several other famous buildings, for Commodore Stephen Decatur and his wife, Susan. Tragically, in 1820 Stephen Decatur was mortally wounded during a duel and his widow Susan subsequently rented out the house to foreign ministers and several secretaries of state. The house was eventually sold and passed through several hands, including the Gadsby family, the U.S. Subsistence Bureau, and the Beale family. Marie Ogle Beale, a society maven, and the last owner left the house to National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1961. In 2010, the White House Historical Association and National Trust entered into a co-stewardship arrangement of Decatur House.
  • Andrew Jackson
    Samuel M. Charles
    portrait
    This watercolor on ivory portrait of President Andrew Jackson was completed by Samuel M. Charles in 1835. The portrait is signed and dated to the right, reading, "Painted by S M. Charles 1835." Jackson 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. Bates Littlehales photographed this portrait in March 1962 during the John F. Kennedy administration.
  • Andrew Jackson
    Samuel M. Charles
    portrait
    This watercolor on ivory portrait of President Andrew Jackson was completed by Samuel M. Charles in 1835. The portrait is signed and dated to the right, reading, "Painted by S M. Charles 1835." Jackson 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. Bates Littlehales photographed this portrait in March 1962 during the John F. Kennedy administration.
  • Andrew Jackson
    Samuel M. Charles
    portrait
    This watercolor on ivory portrait of President Andrew Jackson was completed by Samuel M. Charles in 1835. The portrait is signed and dated to the right, reading, "Painted by S M. Charles 1835." Jackson 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. Bates Littlehales photographed this portrait in March 1962 during the John F. Kennedy administration.
  • The White House
    Unknown
    White House
    south view
    This watercolor by an unknown artist shows the South Portico of the White House during the late 1800s. The watercolor is based after an engraving by V. Foulquier. The conservatory building is visible to the west of the house, but the East Wing and East Corridor are not yet present. Several well-dressed women converse on the lawn while a man and a woman pass each other on horseback in the center of the frame.
  • The Capitol at Night
    Colin Campbell Cooper, Jr.
    watercolor
    painting
    Washington, D.C.
    U.S. Capitol
    Impressionism
    This is a watercolor painting of the Capitol Building at night by Colin Campbell Cooper, Jr. The painting depicts the United States Capitol building in Washington, D.C. from a distance at night, with a carriage pulled up to the steps visible beyond the trees. Cooper was an American Impressionist who is most renowned for his architectural paintings, though he also painted portraits, interiors, florals, and landscapes. Cooper and his wife were aboard the RMS Carpathia while it conducted its April 1912 rescue mission of survivors of the sinking of the RMS Titanic. Cooper has two paintings in the White House Collection.
  • The White House, An American Treasure, North Portico
    Ray Ellis
    White House
    This painting of the North Portico decorated for Christmas is by Ray Ellis, who painted several scenes of the White House for the official holiday card, including this one.
  • The President's House
    Rufus Porter
    White House
    This watercolor painting by Rufus Porter is of the White House with the sun rising behind it. Porter was an American painter and inventor who went on to found the magazine "Scientific American" in 1845.
  • Sitka Bay, Alaska
    Theodore J. Richardson
    watercolor
    Alaska
    ships
    painting
    This painting is by Theodore J. Richardson, an artist known for his watercolor landscapes. Two boats are painted in the foreground on Sitka Sound or, as referred to by Richardson, Sitka Bay in Sitka, Alaska. The wilderness of Alaska is captured with low-lying forests and high mountain ranges, including Mount Edgecumbe. Richardson was an American painter who spent much of his life in California and Alaska and became known for his paintings of the Alaskan wilderness.
  • View of Pennsylvania Avenue From the Treasury Building Looking Toward the Capitol
    Walter Paris
    watercolor
    U.S. Capitol
    Washington, D.C.
    cityscape
    painting
    This watercolor painting is by Walter Paris. The wide canvas captures the width of Pennsylvania Avenue looking toward the Capitol building, visible in the distance. Born in Britain, Paris became an American citizen later in life. He was trained as an architect in addition to creating watercolors. Two of his paintings of Washington, D.C. are in the White House Collection.
  • Porch of the Maidens at the Erechtheum
    Stanford White
    watercolor
    Greece
    painting
    This painting by Stanford White is of the Erechtheum (also called the Erechtheion), an Ancient Greek Temple on the north side of the Acropolis in Athens, Greece. White was an American architect, primarily known for designing famous New York City buildings such as the Century Club, the First Bowery Savings Bank, the Gould Memorial Library, Judson Memorial Church, the second Madison Square Garden, Madison Square Presbyterian Church, the New York Herald Building, the Villard Houses, and the triumphal arch in Washington Square Park in Manhattan. It marks the centennial of George Washington's inauguration in 1789.
  • President's Standard May 29th 1916
    Edward C. Kuhn
    watercolor
    military
    flags
    This watercolor is by Edward C. Kuhn, an artist who worked for the U.S. Army. Kuhn did a series of six watercolors depicting the evolution of the President's Flag (also known as the President's Standard). All six are a part of the White House Collection including this one of a soldier waving the May 29, 1916 version.
  • President's Standard July 24th 1912
    Edward C. Kuhn
    watercolor
    military
    flags
    This watercolor is by Edward C. Kuhn, an artist who worked for the U.S. Army. Kuhn did a series of six watercolors depicting the evolution of the President's Flag (also known as the President's Standard). All six are a part of the White House Collection including this one of a soldier waving the July 24, 1912 version.
  • A Stroll by the Capitol
    Walter Paris
    watercolor
    U.S. Capitol
    painting
    Washington, D.C.
    This watercolor was painted by Walter Paris. The vertical scene shows the West Front of the U.S. Capitol from the walkway into the Botanical Garden, then located on the west end of the Mall. Paris was born in Britain in 1842 and moved to the United States in 1872, later becoming an American citizen. Trained as an architect, he also painted numerous watercolors of landscapes and city scenes, including several of Washington, D.C. where he lived from 1890 until his death in 1906.
  • President's Standard 1902
    Edward C. Kuhn
    watercolor
    military
    flags
    This watercolor is by Edward C. Kuhn, an artist who worked for the U.S. Army. Kuhn did a series of six watercolors depicting the evolution of the President's Flag (also known as the President's Standard). All six are a part of the White House Collection including this one of a soldier waving the 1902 version.
  • The Liberty Bell, Independence Hall
    Gustav Ketterer
    watercolor
    Philadelphia
    Pennsylvania
    This watercolor by Gustav Ketterer is of the Liberty Bell in the foyer of Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Ketterer's style is detailed and realistic, with the famous bell on display on the ground level of the hall, surrounded by a stairwell and balcony.
  • The Presidential Yacht Mayflower
    Alfred Addy
    watercolor
    presidential yachts
    painting
    transportation
    This watercolor by Alfred Addy is of the Presidential yacht, the Mayflower. Addy grew up in the United Kingdom before moving to the United States in 1906, where he lived and painted mostly in the northeast. Originally purchased by the U.S. Navy in 1898, the Mayflower was active during the Spanish-American War. In 1905 the ship was commissioned as the presidential yacht serving Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Woodrow Wilson, Calvin Coolidge and Warren G. Harding, but President Herbert Hoover decommissioned the vessel in 1929 due to its expense. After spending years in private ownership, the Mayflower was purchased again by the Navy in 1942 and rechristened the USS Butte. After the end of the Second World War, the ship was decommissioned, passed into private ownership and eventually was involved in relocating Jewish refugees to Israel. The Mayflower was likely the only vessel to have served in the Spanish-American War as well as both World Wars and was broken up in 1955.
  • President's Standard March 28, 1898
    Edward C. Kuhn
    watercolor
    military
    flags
    This watercolor is by Edward C. Kuhn, an artist who worked for the U.S. Army. Kuhn did a series of six watercolors depicting the evolution of the President's Flag (also known as the President's Standard). All six are a part of the White House Collection including this one of a soldier waving the March 28, 1898 version.
  • 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.
  • Lady Bird Johnson Watercolor Portrait
    Elizabeth Shoumatoff
    portrait
    This watercolor portrait of First Lady Lady Bird 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.
  • Caroline Harrison Watercolor: Pink Flowers and an Insect
    Caroline Lavinia Scott Harrison
    flowers
    painting
    This is a watercolor painting of a flower created by First Lady Caroline Scott Harrison. This piece, along with other drawings and watercolors in her collection, display her talent at depicting flower and nature scenes.
  • Caroline Harrison Watercolor: Flowers
    Caroline Lavinia Scott Harrison
    flowers
    painting
    This is a watercolor painting of a flower created by First Lady Caroline Scott Harrison. This piece, along with other drawings and watercolors in her collection, display her talent at depicting flower and nature scenes.
  • Caroline Harrison Watercolor: Bird's Nest
    Caroline Lavinia Scott Harrison
    painting
    This is a watercolor painting of a bird's nest created by First Lady Caroline Scott Harrison. This piece, along with other drawings and watercolors in her collection, display her talent at depicting flower and nature scenes.
  • Caroline Harrison Watercolor: Yellow Flowers
    Caroline Lavinia Scott Harrison
    flowers
    painting
    This is a watercolor painting of a flower created by First Lady Caroline Scott Harrison. This piece, along with other drawings and watercolors in her collection, display her talent at depicting flower and nature scenes.
  • Caroline Harrison Watercolor: Rose
    Caroline Lavinia Scott Harrison
    flowers
    painting
    This is a watercolor painting of a rose created by First Lady Caroline Scott Harrison. This piece, along with other drawings and watercolors in her collection, display her talent at depicting flower and nature scenes.