An Artist Visits the White House Past

Paintings by Peter Waddell

The Great Cheese

Jacksonian Democracy Enjoys a Special Treat, 1837

President Andrew Jackson was famous for his public receptions, open to all. Some detractors described the crowds as mobs. The receptions were attended by hundreds, from the highest senator to the lowest “rag-a-muffin of the city” climbing in the windows. The centerpiece of this reception was a mammoth round of cheese, weighing 1,400 pounds.


Charity Aschenbrener, Maria Aschenbrener and Kathleen Sandoval on The Great Cheese

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In Depth

Read William Seale’s catalog essay for The Great Cheese, and discover the historical resources used to create the painting.

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