The Presidents House, Washington by Henry Brown and Carter, Andrews & Co.


Identified as the President’s House, this early view of the White House is a black and white line engraving depicting a Greek Revival-style building with two stories and a lower level. The image, a view during the Jackson presidency, features the South Portico and curved paths framed by brick walls.

During this period much attention was given to the grounds, walks, shrubbery, and flower gardens, which were the pride of the president, the White House gardener John Ousley, and city gardener Jemmy Mahler. The White House was popularly known as President’s House, President’s Mansion, or President’s Palace during the period. It was formally named the Executive Mansion from 1810 until 1901 until Theodore Roosevelt established the name White House–Washington. This print is similar to prints of British and European palaces and estates, proclaiming a national pride in the home of the American president. The print would have been published in a view book with other like engravings and purchased as a gift, commemorative, or souvenir of Washington by an affluent member of society.

The publishing company Carter, Andrews & Co. was based out of Lancaster, Massachusetts. Established in the 1830’s, the original drawing appears to have been created by H. Brown during this period but may have been published later. The engraver may have been Samuel Walker or J. Andrews but is not indicated on the print.

Date Made: ca 1831-1850

Maker: Carter, Andrews & Co.Artist: Brown, H.Maker: Andrews, Joseph

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Massachusetts, LancasterAssociated Place: United States: District of Columbia, White House

Subject: Architecture, Domestic BuildingsArchitecture, Historic Residences


See more items in: Home and Community Life: Domestic Life, NMAH Reception Suite, Art, Peters Prints, Domestic Furnishings


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Credit Line: Harry T. Peters "America on Stone" Lithography Collection

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: DL.60.3673Catalog Number: 60.3673

Object Name: engravingObject Type: Engraving

Physical Description: paper (overall material)ink (overall material)Measurements: image: 5 1/8 in x 8 in; 13.0175 cm x 20.32 cm


Record Id: nmah_325893

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