Selections from the White House Collection
White House Historical Association
- One of the first titles in a series of books produced with the White House Historical Association on the American Presidents as represented in the White House collection
- Showcases items in the White House collection of fine and decorative arts that are of historical significance and relevance to this president and his presidency
- Will appeal to anyone interested in Washington and the White House, and what can be learned about his life and accomplishments from the White House collection
The first work of art purchased for the White House was a full-length portrait of President George Washington, painted by Gilbert Stuart in 1797. Thanks to its rescue by First Lady, Dolley Madison, it is the only object that has remained in the White House collection since before the British torched the building during the war of 1812. This portrait is the focal point of Scala’s new 4-fold edition celebrating the White House collection of paintings and objects identified with the first president. This book is fully illustrated with images of fine and decorative arts objects in the White House collection related to George Washington and his presidency, including personal items, portraits, paintings, sculpture, documents, ephemera and commemorative objects.
The White House Historical Association is a non-profit educational organization, chartered on November 3, 1961, to enhance understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of the historic White House.