• President Theodore Roosevelt Practices Jui-jitsu
    John Hutton
    East Room
    State Floor
    White House Guests
    This illustration shows President Theodore Roosevelt learning jui-jitsu from Yamashita Yoshiaki in the East Room. The spectators include future president William H. Taft, Roosevelt's sons, Theodore, Kermit, Quentin, and Archibald, and three women: most likely Roosevelt's wife, Edith, and daughters Alice and Ethel. Around 1905, the president invited the celebrated martial artist and instructor to the White House to provide a demonstration. The president himself took part in the demonstration in the East Room. This artistic interpretation was created by John Hutton for the White House Historical Association. Hutton's whimsical illustrations were featured in his book "How to Draw the Presidents," published by the White House Historical Association.
  • Martha Jefferson
    John Hutton
    This is a modern day painting by John Hutton imagining what Martha Jefferson, the wife of Thomas Jefferson would have looked like when she was alive. There are no surviving historical portraits of Mrs. Jefferson, but family tradition holds she was accomplished, well read, and beautiful. Martha Jefferson died due to complications from childbirth in 1782. Thomas Jefferson was president from 1801 to 1809.