• The Avenue in the Rain
    Childe Hassam
    New York
    New York City
    This painting of American flags on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan is by one of the most prominent American Impressionists of the early 20th century, Frederick Childe Hassam (known to many as Childe Hassam). The painting depicts both flags hanging on Fifth Avenue as well as reflections of the flags in water following a rainstorm. The Avenue in the Rain is one of 30 flag paintings of his that coincided with World War I. Fifth Avenue in New York City was frequently decorated with American flags at the time, as the United States debated entry into the war. This piece was completed in February of 1917, barely two months before Congress declared war on Germany on April 6th. Six Hassam pieces are in the White House Collection.
  • Tall Case Clock
    James Doull
    John & Thomas Seymour
    This tall case clock by John and Thomas Seymour of Boston is done in the Federal style and has sophisticated inlays that are characteristic of the Seymours. The clock works were possibly done by James Doull of Charlestown, Massachusetts. The clock was a gift of the White House Historical Association in 1972.
  • Oval Office, The White House
    Mark Iredell Hampton Jr.
    Oval Office
    This watercolor painting of the Oval Office by Mark Iredell Hampton Jr. was made in 1990. The painting captures the Oval Office at Christmas during the George H. W. Bush administration. President Bush is the only president to have used the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway desk, seen in this painting. This is one of two Hampton watercolors in the White House Collection.
  • Postcard view of the Oval Office
    West Wing
    This tinted postcard photograph from 1909 of the first Oval Office was made during the William Howard Taft administration, when the office was referred to as the "President's Office" or "Executive Office." For several years, the office was decorated in green-dyed burlap wall coverings, brass lamps, and mahogany furniture, including the Theodore Roosevelt desk in this postcard. In 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt rebuilt the Oval Office to its current location.