A Travellerspoint blog

January 2021

Amazing yet frustrating Barnes Collection in Philadelphia

The Postman, Vincent van Gogh, 1889; one of the first works to enter Albert Barnes's collection, Van Gogh turns an ordinary salt-and-pepper beard into a brilliant ocean of color; thick licks of paint—green, black, purple, red—curl around one another

The Postman, Vincent van Gogh, 1889; one of the first works to enter Albert Barnes's collection, Van Gogh turns an ordinary salt-and-pepper beard into a brilliant ocean of color; thick licks of paint—green, black, purple, red—curl around one another

The museum has no information posted on ANY of the artworks nor is printed info available; you have to scan the works individually into your phone to see a description (there are 4000 works in the museum!)

The museum has no information posted on ANY of the artworks nor is printed info available; you have to scan the works individually into your phone to see a description (there are 4000 works in the museum!)

The Seine at Argenteuil, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1888; the Barnes was founded in 1922 by Dr. Albert Barnes, who made his fortune by developing Argyrol, an antiseptic silver compound used to combat gonorrhea and inflammation of the eye, ear, nose and throat

The Seine at Argenteuil, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1888; the Barnes was founded in 1922 by Dr. Albert Barnes, who made his fortune by developing Argyrol, an antiseptic silver compound used to combat gonorrhea and inflammation of the eye, ear, nose and throat

Young Man and Skull, Paul Cezanne, 1898; the Barnes Foundation owns 4,000  objects, including 900  paintings, estimated to be worth about $25 billion

Young Man and Skull, Paul Cezanne, 1898; the Barnes Foundation owns 4,000+ objects, including 900+ paintings, estimated to be worth about $25 billion

Bouquet of Flowers with China Asters and Tokyos, Henri Rousseau, 1910; Dr. Barnes sold his company just months before the stock market crash of October, 1929

Bouquet of Flowers with China Asters and Tokyos, Henri Rousseau, 1910; Dr. Barnes sold his company just months before the stock market crash of October, 1929

A Necklace of Boats, Violette de Mazia, 1949; on an art buying trip to Paris in the 1910s, Dr. Barnes visited the home of Gertrude and Leo Stein where he purchased his first two paintings by Henri Matisse

A Necklace of Boats, Violette de Mazia, 1949; on an art buying trip to Paris in the 1910s, Dr. Barnes visited the home of Gertrude and Leo Stein where he purchased his first two paintings by Henri Matisse

Apparition of the Virgin and Child to Saint Hyacinth, El Greco, 1610; the Barnes Collection includes 181 Renoirs, 69 Cezannes, 59 Matisses, 46 Picassos, 18 Rousseaus, 16 Modiglianis, 11 Degas' and 7 Van Goghs

Apparition of the Virgin and Child to Saint Hyacinth, El Greco, 1610; the Barnes Collection includes 181 Renoirs, 69 Cezannes, 59 Matisses, 46 Picassos, 18 Rousseaus, 16 Modiglianis, 11 Degas' and 7 Van Goghs

Washerwoman and Child, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1886; for this work, Renoir dried out his colors-blotting as much oil as he could from the paint-to give the canvas the chalky look of an Italian fresco

Washerwoman and Child, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1886; for this work, Renoir dried out his colors-blotting as much oil as he could from the paint-to give the canvas the chalky look of an Italian fresco

Portrait of a Man Holding a Watch, Franz Hals, 1643; this work is of a Mennonite watchmaker from the city of Haarlem which explains the emphasis of the gold timepiece in the lower right corner

Portrait of a Man Holding a Watch, Franz Hals, 1643; this work is of a Mennonite watchmaker from the city of Haarlem which explains the emphasis of the gold timepiece in the lower right corner

The Card Players, Paul Cezanne, 1892; for much of the 1890s, the artist lived at his father's estate in Aix-en-Provence, where he made paintings of the local landscape and people who worked on the property

The Card Players, Paul Cezanne, 1892; for much of the 1890s, the artist lived at his father's estate in Aix-en-Provence, where he made paintings of the local landscape and people who worked on the property

The Artist's Family, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1896; this was one of Renoir's favorite paintings which he kept his entire life; Dr. Barnes bought it from one of the Renoir sons in 1927

The Artist's Family, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1896; this was one of Renoir's favorite paintings which he kept his entire life; Dr. Barnes bought it from one of the Renoir sons in 1927

Redheaded Girl in Evening Dress, Amedeo Modigliani, 1918; this portrait (I thought it looked like Kathy Griffin)  of a woman in a strapless dress shows how women's lives had changed by the early 20th century

Redheaded Girl in Evening Dress, Amedeo Modigliani, 1918; this portrait (I thought it looked like Kathy Griffin) of a woman in a strapless dress shows how women's lives had changed by the early 20th century

The Smoker, Vincent van Gogh, 1888; the artist maintains an astounding attention to naturalistic detail, working to portray the way a person really looks and behaves

The Smoker, Vincent van Gogh, 1888; the artist maintains an astounding attention to naturalistic detail, working to portray the way a person really looks and behaves

The Music Lesson, Henri Matisse, 1917; Matisse set this portrait of his wife, daughter and two sons in the family's living room; the artist himself was an accomplished violinist

The Music Lesson, Henri Matisse, 1917; Matisse set this portrait of his wife, daughter and two sons in the family's living room; the artist himself was an accomplished violinist

Models, Georges Seurat, 1888; the scene in the artist's studio depicts models posing in front of Seurat's most famous painting A Sunday on La Grande Jatte

Models, Georges Seurat, 1888; the scene in the artist's studio depicts models posing in front of Seurat's most famous painting A Sunday on La Grande Jatte

Embroiderers, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1902; the artist disdained modern technology as it undermined long-held values of craftsmanship; it was astonishing to see so many Renoirs in one place!

Embroiderers, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1902; the artist disdained modern technology as it undermined long-held values of craftsmanship; it was astonishing to see so many Renoirs in one place!

Two Women by the Shore, Mediterranean, Henri Edmond Cross, 1896; the artist is most acclaimed as a master of Neo-Impressionism, was a significant influence on Henri Matisse and was instrumental in the development of Fauvism

Two Women by the Shore, Mediterranean, Henri Edmond Cross, 1896; the artist is most acclaimed as a master of Neo-Impressionism, was a significant influence on Henri Matisse and was instrumental in the development of Fauvism

The Ascetic, Pablo Picasso, 1903; during his Blue Period, Picasso used marginalized people (with whom he greatly identified as he struggled in the early years of his career) as his subjects

The Ascetic, Pablo Picasso, 1903; during his Blue Period, Picasso used marginalized people (with whom he greatly identified as he struggled in the early years of his career) as his subjects

Still Life, Vincent van Gogh, 1888; Van Gogh painted this canvas a few months after he had moved to the village of Arles in the South of France; Barnes has excellent info on each work online (just not at the museum)

Still Life, Vincent van Gogh, 1888; Van Gogh painted this canvas a few months after he had moved to the village of Arles in the South of France; Barnes has excellent info on each work online (just not at the museum)

Madame Monet Embroidering, Claude Monet, 1875; though Monet preferred painting outdoors, he brought his easel indoors to paint his first wife; the museum didn't have any of his lilypads, haystacks or Rouen Cathedrals

Madame Monet Embroidering, Claude Monet, 1875; though Monet preferred painting outdoors, he brought his easel indoors to paint his first wife; the museum didn't have any of his lilypads, haystacks or Rouen Cathedrals

Entrance of the Port of Honfleur, Georges Seurat, 1886; this port at the mouth of the Seine looks quite different today with huge cruise ships docking there for daytrips to Paris

Entrance of the Port of Honfleur, Georges Seurat, 1886; this port at the mouth of the Seine looks quite different today with huge cruise ships docking there for daytrips to Paris

Sailor Boy, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1883; at the time, Renoir wrote that he was busy with two brats who make me furious; the boy arrogantly posing is the son of a French mayor

Sailor Boy, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1883; at the time, Renoir wrote that he was busy with two brats who make me furious; the boy arrogantly posing is the son of a French mayor

Acrobat and Young Harlequin, Pablo Picasso, 1905; traveling circus performers were a common spectacle in Paris performing in public squares such as Montmartre where Picasso lived

Acrobat and Young Harlequin, Pablo Picasso, 1905; traveling circus performers were a common spectacle in Paris performing in public squares such as Montmartre where Picasso lived

Red Madras Headdress, Henri Matisse, 1907; this striking portrait is the artist's wife who posed often for her husband in some of the great revolutionary canvases of the early 20th century

Red Madras Headdress, Henri Matisse, 1907; this striking portrait is the artist's wife who posed often for her husband in some of the great revolutionary canvases of the early 20th century

The Ladies' Man, Georges Seurat, 1890; the collection displays different artworks according to Barnes' methodology in wall ensembles which allow comparison of works from various time periods, geographic areas and styles (I never got the connections)

The Ladies' Man, Georges Seurat, 1890; the collection displays different artworks according to Barnes' methodology in wall ensembles which allow comparison of works from various time periods, geographic areas and styles (I never got the connections)

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Yellowstone is huge with so many unique sights (pt 3)

A former student of Lee's, Laura, who now lives in Portland drove over to join us on our Yellowstone hikes; the Morning Glory Pool was one of my favorite spots

A former student of Lee's, Laura, who now lives in Portland drove over to join us on our Yellowstone hikes; the Morning Glory Pool was one of my favorite spots

Gibbon Falls is right next to the Grand Loop Road so easy to see; the 84 ft falls are a barrier to fish migration but trout have been stocked upstream for the many fly fishermen

Gibbon Falls is right next to the Grand Loop Road so easy to see; the 84 ft falls are a barrier to fish migration but trout have been stocked upstream for the many fly fishermen

Bison are the largest land mammals in the US with adult males weighing 2000 lbs ; did you know that the bison is the National Mammal of the United States?

Bison are the largest land mammals in the US with adult males weighing 2000 lbs+; did you know that the bison is the National Mammal of the United States?

The cutthroat fishing in Slough Creek is some of the best in the world but we just saw a few fish; Slough Creek got its name when an 1867 party of gold prospectors ventured into the valley and described its condition as a slough

The cutthroat fishing in Slough Creek is some of the best in the world but we just saw a few fish; Slough Creek got its name when an 1867 party of gold prospectors ventured into the valley and described its condition as a slough

This petrified redwood tree was preserved after a volcanic eruption 50 million years ago buried it; it's hard to imagine a redwood growing in the dry climate here now

This petrified redwood tree was preserved after a volcanic eruption 50 million years ago buried it; it's hard to imagine a redwood growing in the dry climate here now

The bright, vivid colors in Grand Prismatic Spring are the result of microbial mats around the edges of the mineral-rich water; the amount of color depends on the ratio of chlorophyll to carotenoids and on the temperature gradient in the runoff

The bright, vivid colors in Grand Prismatic Spring are the result of microbial mats around the edges of the mineral-rich water; the amount of color depends on the ratio of chlorophyll to carotenoids and on the temperature gradient in the runoff

Roaring Mountain (8152 ft) was named for the numerous fumaroles on the western slope of the peak which, during the early 1900s, were loud enough to be heard for several miles

Roaring Mountain (8152 ft) was named for the numerous fumaroles on the western slope of the peak which, during the early 1900s, were loud enough to be heard for several miles

Lee is barely visible on this 1936 steel suspension bridge across the Yellowstone River; it was built for horses, cattle and hikers but seems oddly located in the middle of nowhere

Lee is barely visible on this 1936 steel suspension bridge across the Yellowstone River; it was built for horses, cattle and hikers but seems oddly located in the middle of nowhere

Yellowstone's coyotes are among the largest in the United States; adults average about 30 lbs. and some weigh around 40 lbs; we saw one other coyote during our visit

Yellowstone's coyotes are among the largest in the United States; adults average about 30 lbs. and some weigh around 40 lbs; we saw one other coyote during our visit

Imperial Geyser was less than a mile beyond Fairy Falls but most hikers skipped it; I was more impressed with the geyser than the falls

Imperial Geyser was less than a mile beyond Fairy Falls but most hikers skipped it; I was more impressed with the geyser than the falls

This vat of bubbling mud contains the perfect mix of ingredients to create mudpots: heat, gases, water, volcanic rocks, acid, minerals and even living microorganisms

This vat of bubbling mud contains the perfect mix of ingredients to create mudpots: heat, gases, water, volcanic rocks, acid, minerals and even living microorganisms

Thermophiles can survive in very hot temperatures; the colors are a clue to the water temperature; at the hottest temperatures (<dfn title='75°C'>167 °F</dfn>) they are yellow or green; as the temperature drops, they become orange, rust, and even brown colored

Thermophiles can survive in very hot temperatures; the colors are a clue to the water temperature; at the hottest temperatures (167 °F) they are yellow or green; as the temperature drops, they become orange, rust, and even brown colored

Firehole Falls drops 40 ft and creates a swimming hole which was closed due to Covid; the river is surrounded by geothermal features which empty water into it making the water 9 to 18 degrees warmer than nearby rivers

Firehole Falls drops 40 ft and creates a swimming hole which was closed due to Covid; the river is surrounded by geothermal features which empty water into it making the water 9 to 18 degrees warmer than nearby rivers

In June and July purple fringed flowers are common and bloom on the barren ground surrounding the Turquoise Pool; Rudyard Kipling, who visited in 1889, immortalized this basin by referring to it as Hell's Half Acre

In June and July purple fringed flowers are common and bloom on the barren ground surrounding the Turquoise Pool; Rudyard Kipling, who visited in 1889, immortalized this basin by referring to it as Hell's Half Acre

Grand Prismatic Spring is the world's third largest hot spring; the rising steam is colored to reflect that of the spring itself and mostly obscures the visitors

Grand Prismatic Spring is the world's third largest hot spring; the rising steam is colored to reflect that of the spring itself and mostly obscures the visitors

Fairy Falls is a 200 ft waterfall and was an easy hike around the Grand Prismatic Spring; we extended the hike to take in stunning Imperial Geyser

Fairy Falls is a 200 ft waterfall and was an easy hike around the Grand Prismatic Spring; we extended the hike to take in stunning Imperial Geyser

Avoca Spring is a strong spouter with major eruptions up to 25 ft high; recovery after a major eruption usually lasts half an hour, then the next minor eruptions occur at intervals of one minute

Avoca Spring is a strong spouter with major eruptions up to 25 ft high; recovery after a major eruption usually lasts half an hour, then the next minor eruptions occur at intervals of one minute

Sapphire Pool is very deep which produces the amazing blue color; throughout years of eruptions, Sapphire has doubled in size with water that ranges from 200º to 202º

Sapphire Pool is very deep which produces the amazing blue color; throughout years of eruptions, Sapphire has doubled in size with water that ranges from 200º to 202º

This osprey managed to find a fish around the geothermal waters surrounding Old Faithful; the osprey is unusual in that it is a single living species that occurs nearly worldwide

This osprey managed to find a fish around the geothermal waters surrounding Old Faithful; the osprey is unusual in that it is a single living species that occurs nearly worldwide

A little Yellowstone humor; I had no idea that grizzly and black bear cubs are born while the mother is in hybernation; they venture out together in April or May

A little Yellowstone humor; I had no idea that grizzly and black bear cubs are born while the mother is in hybernation; they venture out together in April or May

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Superb Phillips Collection is best small DC museum

The Road Menders, Vincent van Gogh, 1889; Van Gogh had a relatively short life as an artist, however during these 10 years he created 2,100  artworks, including 860 oil paintings; many of his paintings were created in the last two years of his life

The Road Menders, Vincent van Gogh, 1889; Van Gogh had a relatively short life as an artist, however during these 10 years he created 2,100+ artworks, including 860 oil paintings; many of his paintings were created in the last two years of his life

Bullfight, Pablo Picasso, 1934; this painting, inspired by a trip to Barcelona, had its first US showing in 1939 at the Art Institute of Chicago; with 300  pieces, that exhibit was the largest Picasso show at the time

Bullfight, Pablo Picasso, 1934; this painting, inspired by a trip to Barcelona, had its first US showing in 1939 at the Art Institute of Chicago; with 300+ pieces, that exhibit was the largest Picasso show at the time

Woman with a Parasol, Claude Monet, 1875; in this painting (which Monet did in a single session) he captures his wife and son enjoying a glorious afternoon; there seemed to be road construction everywhere in DC

Woman with a Parasol, Claude Monet, 1875; in this painting (which Monet did in a single session) he captures his wife and son enjoying a glorious afternoon; there seemed to be road construction everywhere in DC

The Phillips Collection, opened in 1921, is America's first museum of modern art; featuring a permanent collection of 3,000  works by American and European Impressionist and modern artists

The Phillips Collection, opened in 1921, is America's first museum of modern art; featuring a permanent collection of 3,000+ works by American and European Impressionist and modern artists

Large, Dark Red Leaves on White, Georgia O'Keeffe, 1925; O'Keeffe was married to photographer Alfred Stieglitz who was 24 years her senior; for a time O'Keeffe taught and headed the art department at West Texas State Normal College in Canyon

Large, Dark Red Leaves on White, Georgia O'Keeffe, 1925; O'Keeffe was married to photographer Alfred Stieglitz who was 24 years her senior; for a time O'Keeffe taught and headed the art department at West Texas State Normal College in Canyon

Luncheon of the Boating Party, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1881; when Phillips bought this painting in 1923 he imagined it would be the most popular work in the museum and he has been correct

Luncheon of the Boating Party, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1881; when Phillips bought this painting in 1923 he imagined it would be the most popular work in the museum and he has been correct

Approaching a City, Edward Hopper, 1946; the museum has a Rothko Room, the first public space dedicated solely to the artist's work and the only existing installation for the artist's work created in collaboration with the artist himself

Approaching a City, Edward Hopper, 1946; the museum has a Rothko Room, the first public space dedicated solely to the artist's work and the only existing installation for the artist's work created in collaboration with the artist himself

Alexander Calder, Only Only Bird, 1951; this is the first Calder mobile I've seen that actually looks like something; his more famous works are huge geometric designs

Alexander Calder, Only Only Bird, 1951; this is the first Calder mobile I've seen that actually looks like something; his more famous works are huge geometric designs

Place du Tertre, Maurice Utrillo, 1911; born in the Montmartre quarter of Paris, Utrillo is one of the few famous painters of Montmartre who were born there; his mother was an 18 year old artist's model but he never knew who his father was

Place du Tertre, Maurice Utrillo, 1911; born in the Montmartre quarter of Paris, Utrillo is one of the few famous painters of Montmartre who were born there; his mother was an 18 year old artist's model but he never knew who his father was

Interior with Egyptian Curtain, Henri Matisse, 1948; one of Matisse's last paintings, this work celebrates the artist's longing for energy and renewal; I can relate to that having walked around DC for 4 days!

Interior with Egyptian Curtain, Henri Matisse, 1948; one of Matisse's last paintings, this work celebrates the artist's longing for energy and renewal; I can relate to that having walked around DC for 4 days!

Fields at Bellevue, Paul Cezanne, 1895; the Phillips Collection is close to DuPont Circle and away from all of the other DC art museums; it is quite small but also not crowded

Fields at Bellevue, Paul Cezanne, 1895; the Phillips Collection is close to DuPont Circle and away from all of the other DC art museums; it is quite small but also not crowded

Entrance to the Public Gardens in Arles, Vincent van Gogh, 1888; Van Gogh only started painting at the relatively late age of 27 and was mostly self-taught; when he started, he used a dull palette of colors and painted some of the harsh realities of life

Entrance to the Public Gardens in Arles, Vincent van Gogh, 1888; Van Gogh only started painting at the relatively late age of 27 and was mostly self-taught; when he started, he used a dull palette of colors and painted some of the harsh realities of life

Woman with Green Hat, Pablo Picasso, 1939; in his 78 year career Picasso (whose real name is 23 words long!) completed 13,500 paintings; the Phillips was free but you did need a timed admission ticket

Woman with Green Hat, Pablo Picasso, 1939; in his 78 year career Picasso (whose real name is 23 words long!) completed 13,500 paintings; the Phillips was free but you did need a timed admission ticket

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Civil Rights Movement the focus in Montgomery, AL

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, informally known as the National Lynching Memorial, opened in April, 2018; the privately funded site honors the 4400  victims of racial lynchings in the post-Reconstruction era between 1877 and 1950

The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, informally known as the National Lynching Memorial, opened in April, 2018; the privately funded site honors the 4400+ victims of racial lynchings in the post-Reconstruction era between 1877 and 1950

There are 805 hanging steel rectangles, the size and shape of coffins at the National Lynching Memorial; these name and represent each of the counties where a documented lynching took place in the US, as compiled in an Equal Justice Initiative study

There are 805 hanging steel rectangles, the size and shape of coffins at the National Lynching Memorial; these name and represent each of the counties where a documented lynching took place in the US, as compiled in an Equal Justice Initiative study

The Rosa Parks Museum didn't allow photos inside and cost $7.50; it featured a well-done video, a re-creation of Parks' arrest and plenty of info on the Montgomery bus boycott

The Rosa Parks Museum didn't allow photos inside and cost $7.50; it featured a well-done video, a re-creation of Parks' arrest and plenty of info on the Montgomery bus boycott

There were 3 Selma to Montgomery protest marches in 1965; the Edmund Pettis bridge is famous for Bloody Sunday but the marches focused the nations' attention resulting in the Voting Rights Act of 1965

There were 3 Selma to Montgomery protest marches in 1965; the Edmund Pettis bridge is famous for Bloody Sunday but the marches focused the nations' attention resulting in the Voting Rights Act of 1965

Selma has seen better days with a decaying downtown; farmed catfish has become a big business where cotton fields once existed

Selma has seen better days with a decaying downtown; farmed catfish has become a big business where cotton fields once existed

The Alabama state constitution says schools are to be segregated despite federal laws to the contrary; citizens have twice since 2000 voted to keep the state constitution wording that way

The Alabama state constitution says schools are to be segregated despite federal laws to the contrary; citizens have twice since 2000 voted to keep the state constitution wording that way

Built in 1885, the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church lies at the foot of the Alabama State Capitol; the Montgomery bus boycotts were organized here in 1955

Built in 1885, the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church lies at the foot of the Alabama State Capitol; the Montgomery bus boycotts were organized here in 1955

The free Legacy Museum didn't allow photos inside; it powerfully displays the history of slavery and racism in America and is a timely reminder of the problems still existing today

The free Legacy Museum didn't allow photos inside; it powerfully displays the history of slavery and racism in America and is a timely reminder of the problems still existing today

Martin Luther King, Jr lived in this house from 1954-1960 while he was pastor at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church; the house was bombed several times but fortunately there were no injuries

Martin Luther King, Jr lived in this house from 1954-1960 while he was pastor at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church; the house was bombed several times but fortunately there were no injuries

The Freedom Riders Museum is in the old Greyhound bus terminal where in 1961 Klan supporters attacked a group led by John Lewis which sought to desegregate bus terminals

The Freedom Riders Museum is in the old Greyhound bus terminal where in 1961 Klan supporters attacked a group led by John Lewis which sought to desegregate bus terminals

The popular myth that Rosa Parks was just a tired seamstress unwilling to give up her seat on the bus is debunked in her museum; Parks was secretary of the local NAACP and, with a local attorney, planned her actions in an effort to desegregate the buses

The popular myth that Rosa Parks was just a tired seamstress unwilling to give up her seat on the bus is debunked in her museum; Parks was secretary of the local NAACP and, with a local attorney, planned her actions in an effort to desegregate the buses

This powerful display at the Equal Justice Initiative Museum has dirt collected from the sites where people were lynched; each jar has the victim's name along with date and place of lynching

This powerful display at the Equal Justice Initiative Museum has dirt collected from the sites where people were lynched; each jar has the victim's name along with date and place of lynching

The First White House of the Confederacy was occupied by Jefferson Davis' family; Alabama taxpayers subsidize the First White House with $100,000 per year amid complaints that slavery as a cause for the war isn't addressed here

The First White House of the Confederacy was occupied by Jefferson Davis' family; Alabama taxpayers subsidize the First White House with $100,000 per year amid complaints that slavery as a cause for the war isn't addressed here

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Special First Lady Exhibition at Natl Portrait Gallery in DC

Eleanor Roosevelt, Bernard Tadeaux Frydrysiak, 1946; at her wedding, Eleanor was given away by her uncle Teddy who was president at the time; in 1933, she flew with Amelia Earhart from DC to Baltimore

Eleanor Roosevelt, Bernard Tadeaux Frydrysiak, 1946; at her wedding, Eleanor was given away by her uncle Teddy who was president at the time; in 1933, she flew with Amelia Earhart from DC to Baltimore

Michelle Obama, Amy Sherald, 2018; Sherald and Kehinde Wiley, the painter of Barack Obama's portrait, were the first African-American artists to make official presidential portraits at the National Portrait Gallery

Michelle Obama, Amy Sherald, 2018; Sherald and Kehinde Wiley, the painter of Barack Obama's portrait, were the first African-American artists to make official presidential portraits at the National Portrait Gallery

Dolley Madison, William Elwell, 1848; this first lady was naturally vivacious and outgoing and even served as honorary hostess for President Jefferson; she grew up less than a mile from where I did!

Dolley Madison, William Elwell, 1848; this first lady was naturally vivacious and outgoing and even served as honorary hostess for President Jefferson; she grew up less than a mile from where I did!

Hillary Rodham Clinton, Ginny Stanford, 2006; in 1969, she graduated from Wellesley with high honors in political science and appeared in Life magazine after being the first-ever student to give a commencement speech in the history of the college

Hillary Rodham Clinton, Ginny Stanford, 2006; in 1969, she graduated from Wellesley with high honors in political science and appeared in Life magazine after being the first-ever student to give a commencement speech in the history of the college

Eliza Johnson, unidentified photographer, 1865; this is one unhappy-looking First Lady!; I'm not sure if it's because she got married at 16 or due to her chronic tuberculosis which kept her inside the White House most of the time

Eliza Johnson, unidentified photographer, 1865; this is one unhappy-looking First Lady!; I'm not sure if it's because she got married at 16 or due to her chronic tuberculosis which kept her inside the White House most of the time

Rosalynn Carter, Robert Templeton, 1976; in order to remain fully informed, she took the unusual step to sit in on Cabinet meetings at the invitation of the president; the Carters have 4 children with the first when Rosalynn was 20 and Amy when she was 40

Rosalynn Carter, Robert Templeton, 1976; in order to remain fully informed, she took the unusual step to sit in on Cabinet meetings at the invitation of the president; the Carters have 4 children with the first when Rosalynn was 20 and Amy when she was 40

Laura Bush, Aleksander Titovets, 2008; an advocate for childhood literacy and school libraries, Bush looks terrific in this portrait by a Siberian-born, Texas-based artist

Laura Bush, Aleksander Titovets, 2008; an advocate for childhood literacy and school libraries, Bush looks terrific in this portrait by a Siberian-born, Texas-based artist

Barbara Bush, Chas Fagan, 2005; following Abigail Adams, Bush was only the second woman to have been the wife of one president and the mother of another

Barbara Bush, Chas Fagan, 2005; following Abigail Adams, Bush was only the second woman to have been the wife of one president and the mother of another

Melania Trump, Regine Mahaux-Van Wassenhove, 2017; only the second first lady to have been born outside the US (Louisa Adams), Trump's arms crossed pose says don't approach me to body language experts

Melania Trump, Regine Mahaux-Van Wassenhove, 2017; only the second first lady to have been born outside the US (Louisa Adams), Trump's arms crossed pose says don't approach me to body language experts

Martha Washington, Rembrandt Peale, 1853; the first lady was only 5 ft tall and she outlived each of her four children; George owned 123 slaves when he died and Martha freed all of them a year after George died

Martha Washington, Rembrandt Peale, 1853; the first lady was only 5 ft tall and she outlived each of her four children; George owned 123 slaves when he died and Martha freed all of them a year after George died

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