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The Confidant: First Lady Lucy Hayes and Her Maid, 1879

Artist
Peter Waddell
Date of Work
2010
Medium
oil paint, canvas
Type
Painting
Credit
Peter Waddell for the White House Historical Association
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The Confidant: First Lady Lucy Hayes and Her Maid, 1879

This modern painting of First Lady Lucy Webb Hayes and her personal maid, Mary, was commissioned by the White House Historical Association and painted by artist Peter Waddell. The painting captures Mary assisting Mrs. Hayes in a bedroom in the White House. Mary was the daughter of Winnie Monroe, who also worked in the White House as a nurse and cook. Both Mary and Winnie were close members of the Hayes household staff, moving with the family from their home state of Ohio to Washington, D.C. upon President Rutherford B. Hayes' election. On the purple chair beside the two women rests Siam, the Hayes children's pet Siamese cat. Siam was sent to the children by the American consul in Bangkok and was the first Siamese cat in the United States. ***Interior use only for publications***