Jan 16, 2014 Washington, D.C. —
The White House Historical Association today released the 34th issue of the White House History Journal, The White House and the West. White House History is the journal of the White House Historical Association. In the White House today the American West is a constant presence in art and history. The new issue of White House History explores the subject with richly illustrated articles. The cover features the Charles Bird King portrait of Petalesharo whose eloquent speech to President James Monroe is transcribed in full.
In the latest issue, renowned U.S. Library of Congress map specialist the late Richard W. Stephenson, selected maps to show how the capital itself might have been moved westward and how George Washington’s participation in laying out the city helped preserve its location on the Potomac. These historic maps, some of which are published in the issue for the first time, are printed on lavish fold-out pages.
Art historian Estill Curtis Pennington walks through the White House, selecting masterpieces of western art from the collection to illustrate the tug of the West. Included are the grand and sweeping landscapes of Albert Bierstadt and Thomas Moran.
Danny Heitman gives context to a portrait of John James Audubon in a piece illustrated with bird specimens from the Audubon collection at the National Museum of Natural History, specially photographed for this issue. Nenette Arroyo shows how Helen Herron Taft’s love for Asia and the Pacific inspired her to imitate the cherry groves of Japan along the Potomac River.
A watercolor by artist Peter Waddell, commissioned by the White House Historical Association, imagines Thomas Jefferson’s museum of the west in the White House Entrance Hall, in which Jefferson displayed such objects as arrows, headdresses, animal skins, and crop samples which Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, and Zebulon Pike brought back from their famous explorations.
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