An Artist Visits the White House Past

Paintings by Peter Waddell

From its construction in 1792, until the 1902 renovation that shaped the modern identity and functions of the interior of the White House, the fourteen paintings of this series examine the history of a national icon. Through meticulous research and tireless attention to detail, numerous sources inspired the brush of Peter Waddell to create a vision of the White House as it was, and to gain an appreciation of the nineteenth-century house and the men and women who lived and worked within its walls.

Explore the Paintings

Interact with the paintings, read the catalog essays, listen to the audio tour, and discover the historical resources used to create each scene.