An Artist Visits the White House Past

Paintings by Peter Waddell

The Visit

A War Worker Calls for a Favor, late 1862

Mary Livermore, a prominent abolitionist and women’s rights activist, championed many causes including the U.S. Sanitary Commission that ran hospitals and collected supplies for soldiers during the Civil War. Livermore met with President Abraham Lincoln after he announced he would sign the Emancipation Proclamation. Lincoln later donated the original signed copy to raise money for the Commission. The Proclamation sold at auction for $3,000.

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William Allman, Curator of the White House, on The Visit

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In Depth

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

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