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  • This is an ink and gouache depiction of the Folie de la Bouëxière, the estate future president James Monroe purchased on March 28, 1795 while serving as the United States Minister to France under President George Washington. This representation highlights the unique, off-set approach to the estate, which appeared suddenly at the end of a long road lined with trees instead of at a more common straight axis. Monroe purchased the estate for 350,000 francs and lived there with wife Elizabeth, daughter Elizabeth "Eliza" Kortright Monroe, seven servants, a chef, a coachman, and a gardener for two years. The Monroes entertained at the estate, inviting a social circle that included other Americans and French officials.
    Keywords: drawings & plans
    Last Modified: 4/12/2017
    File name: 1113332.tif
  • This is an ink and gouache depiction of the Folie de la Bouëxière, the estate future president James Monroe purchased on March 28, 1795 while serving as the United States Minister to France under President George Washington. This representation highlights the gardens and slopes used to keep the estate private for its residents. Berms and banks were used on the east and west sides to conceal the estate. Monroe purchased the estate for 350,000 francs and lived there with wife Elizabeth, daughter Elizabeth "Eliza" Kortright Monroe, seven servants, a chef, a coachman, and a gardener for two years. The Monroes entertained at the estate, inviting a social circle that included other Americans and French officials.
    Keywords: drawings & plans
    Last Modified: 4/12/2017
    File name: 1113319.tif
  • This is an ink and gouache depiction of the Folie de la Bouëxière, the estate future president James Monroe purchased on March 28, 1795 while serving as the United States Minister to France under President George Washington. This representation highlights the south front of the estate, with its rows of French doors leading from the large salon inside out onto the terrace and the gardens beyond. Atop the estate is a rooftop tent, used for dinners and afternoon teas. Monroe purchased the estate for 350,000 francs and lived there with wife Elizabeth, daughter Elizabeth "Eliza" Kortright Monroe, seven servants, a chef, a coachman, and a gardener for two years. The Monroes entertained at the estate, inviting a social circle that included other Americans and French officials.
    Keywords: drawings & plans
    Last Modified: 4/12/2017
    File name: 1113318.tif
  • This is an ink and gouache depiction of the Folie de la Bouëxière, the estate future president James Monroe purchased on March 28, 1795 while serving as the United States Minister to France under President George Washington. This representation highlights the unique, off-set approach to the estate, which appeared suddenly at the end of a long road lined with trees instead of at a more common straight axis. Monroe purchased the estate for 350,000 francs and lived there with wife Elizabeth, daughter Elizabeth "Eliza" Kortright Monroe, seven servants, a chef, a coachman, and a gardener for two years. The Monroes entertained at the estate, inviting a social circle that included other Americans and French officials.
    Keywords: drawings & plans
    Last Modified: 4/12/2017
    File name: 1113317.tif
  • This fall-front desk and armchair once belonged to future president James Monroe. He purchased the desk in Paris while he was United States Minister to France and later brought it with him to the White House. The armchair was made in the United States after a French design popular while he was in Paris. They are both part of the collection at the James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library.
    Keywords: chair, desk
    Last Modified: 4/12/2017
    File name: 1113306.tif
  • This miniature is the earliest known portrait of future president James Monroe. It was painted with watercolor on ivory by French artist Louis Sené while Monroe served as the United States Minister to France. It was made to complement a contemporary miniature of Monroe's wife, Elizabeth.
    Keywords: portrait
    Last Modified: 4/12/2017
    File name: 1113333.tif
  • This illustration depicts President James Buchanan meeting with the Japanese diplomatic delegation in 1860. This was the first visit of Japanese representatives to the United States. The May 17, 1860 meeting, one of several between the Japanese delegation and the President, took place in the East Room of the White House and was attended by members of the military, government, and clergy among other guests.
    Keywords: delegation, White House Guests, East Room, military
    Last Modified: 3/28/2017
    File name: 3393.tif
  • This wood engraving depicts President James Buchanan and Harriet Lane, his niece who served as White House hostess, inspecting gifts given to the United States by the Japanese delegation in the spring of 1860. This was the first visit to the United States by Japanese diplomats. The visit was a response to the 1852-1854 expedition to Japan by Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry that resulted in an open trade treaty between the two nations. Some of the gifts visible in the engraving are katanas, saddles, and fabric. The caption at the bottom of the image is in German.
    Keywords: First Family
    Last Modified: 3/28/2017
    File name: 2037.tif
  • This engraving is of the inaugural reception of President Franklin Pierce at the White House in 1853. It was published in "Gleason's Pictorial Drawing-Room Companion" on March 11, 1853, shortly after his inauguration. Pierce, whose son Benjamin had died just prior to the inauguration, decided to hold a reception in the East Room rather than the usual formal inaugural ball.
    Keywords: inauguration, East Room
    Last Modified: 3/28/2017
    File name: 9328.tif
  • This illustration was published on March 13, 1858 in "Harper's Weekly." The illustration depicts a reception in the East Room of the White House during the James Buchanan administration. Hosting dinners and receptions at the White House became a regular practice for the president in the mid-19th century.
    Keywords: reception, East Room
    Last Modified: 3/28/2017
    File name: 9427.tif
  • This photograph is of Harriet Lane, who was the niece and ward of President James Buchanan. After she finished her boarding school education, she began accompanying Buchanan to formal events. When Buchanan was elected president, Lane assumed the role of White House hostess and was popular with the American public. She married Elliot Johnston in 1866. In 1903, Lane donated her private art collection to the National Art Gallery which later became part of the Smithsonian Institution. As a result she was given the nickname "first lady of the National Collection of Fine Arts."
    Keywords: First Family, portrait
    Last Modified: 3/28/2017
    File name: 1153.tif
  • This engraving of First Lady Jane Means Appleton Pierce was completed by John Chester Buttre in 1886. As the daughter of a Congregationalist minister, Mrs. Pierce discouraged her husband's political ambitions, fainting at the news he was selected as the Democratic nominee for president. During her husband's years in office from March 4, 1853 to March 4, 1857, Mrs. Pierce had to exert herself to meet the social obligations of a first lady. A devout woman, she suffered heavily from the deaths of all three of her children including her son Benjamin, who was killed in a train accident just prior to his father's inauguration.
    Keywords: portrait, First Family
    Last Modified: 3/28/2017
    File name: 6204.tif
  • This 2011 oil on canvas painting by Peter Waddell depicts President James Buchanan with his niece, and White House hostess, Harriet Lane greeting three Japanese visitors to the White House. The Japanese diplomats arrived in the United States in the spring of 1860. The visit was a response to the 1852-1854 expedition to Japan by Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry that resulted in an open trade treaty between the two nations.
    Keywords: delegation, White House Guests, First Family
    Last Modified: 3/28/2017
    File name: 9388.tif