Andrew Jackson, Blair House Collection
This portrait of Andrew Jackson was created between 1840-1850. Jackson was a close friend of Francis Preston Blair and his wife, Violet. He visited the family at Blair House almost every day after the family purchased the house, located across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House. Violet Blair often cooked and knitted for Jackson. Even after Jackson left the White House, the Blair family remained close friends with him.
Since the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration, visiting diplomats and dignitaries have stayed at Blair House while on official visits with the White House. The house is also historically where the president-elect and first family reside prior to taking the oath of office.