An Artist Visits the White House Past

Paintings by Peter Waddell

Something Blue

Captured by Color, 1886

The beautiful Frances Folsom was only twenty-one years old when she married President Grover Cleveland, who was forty-nine, and the only president to marry in the White House. The ceremony took place in the Louis Comfort Tiffany-designed Blue Room looking out to the South Lawn. The rococo-revival blue furniture, purchased by Harriet Lane, President James Buchanan’s niece, is still in the White House collection.

Listen:

Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, Anthony W. and Lulu C. Wang Curator of American Decorative
Arts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, on Something Blue

"An Artist Visits the White House Past" (if no audio, click here)

In Depth

Read William Seale’s catalog essay for Something Blue, and discover the historical resources used to create the painting.

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