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The Splendid Mrs. Madison by Peter Waddell

The Splendid Mrs. Madison by Peter Waddell

Artist
Peter Waddell
Date of Work
1810-1814
Medium
Oil
Type
Historical Depiction
Credit
The White House Historical Association

The Splendid Mrs. Madison by Peter Waddell

In the Elliptical Saloon, 1810-1814. Peter Waddell, The Splendid Mrs. Madison, oil on canvas, 48 x 60.

Dolley Madison was the first wife of a president to fully embrace her role as first lady. Her weekly levees at the Presidents House were a politically neutral space. One visitor wrote of entering the blazing splendor of Mrs. Madison's drawing room, designed by Benjamin H. Latrobe, and filled with political, military, and social figures of the day.

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