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East Room Painting

East Room Painting

Date of Work
1861
Credit
White House Historical Association (White House Collection)

East Room Painting

President Jackson decorated the East Room with bright yellow wallpaper, blue and yellow curtains, blue upholstery and carpeting, and golden stars. The ceiling itself was white (white-washed yearly to keep it clean) with flower-like centerpieces from which three glass chandeliers hung, each eight feet from top to bottom and holding 54 candles. There were also twenty-one spittoons placed strategically around the room. Over President Jackson's two terms, Congress allotted around $50,000 to redecorate the White House and build the North Portico. Creator: Sachse, E. & Co., 1861.


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