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Center unveils 14 historic scenes of White House

The Associated Press
Thursday, March 24, 2011; 4:45 AM

WASHINGTON -- Fourteen new paintings depicting the White House as it appeared over its first 110 years are going on display in Washington.

The White House Historical Association is opening the exhibit to the public Thursday at the White House Visitor Center. The display, "An Artist Visits the White House Past," features the paintings of Peter Waddell.

The paintings depict the "President's House," as it was known, from its construction in 1792 through a major renovation in 1902 during Theodore Roosevelt's presidency. They show the evolving character of the rooms and grounds. One scene shows President Thomas Jefferson's office, where he kept a pet mockingbird.

The group commissioned the paintings, and Waddell spent six years researching and recreating White House scenes on canvas.

They will be on view through November.

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