Bust of Francis "Judge" Blair Sr., Blair House Collection
This photograph captures the bust of Francis Preston Blair that is on display in the library of Blair House. Blair House is located across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House and is known as the President's Guest House. 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.
Judge Blair, as he was informally known, purchased what became Blair House from Dr. Joseph Lovell in 1837. Gist Blair, Judge Blair's grandson, used the tops of the bookshelves and the walls in the library of Blair House to memorialize his ancestors.