Diamond Velvet As It Already Was In 1837, Admiral Andrew Jackson arrive guests to the White Abode to eat a 1,400-lb annular of cheese, which he'd been accustomed as a gift. It was devoured in just two hours. Peter Waddell imagines the amphitheatre at the end of the affair in The Abundant Cheese: Jacksonian Capitalism Enjoys a Appropriate Treat. The White Abode is a home, not a museum, so if presidents move in, they do what any new homeowner would do: they redecorate. Just like the draft of us, they paint, paper, change the appliance and carpets. In 1860, Admiral James Buchanan acclimatized a appointment of three Japanese samurai. They acclaimed that the White Abode lacked architecture and a moat, but conceded it was "handsomely furnished." You, too, can see axial the White Abode as it looked in its aboriginal 200 years The White Abode has been "done over" abounding times, and now, the White Abode Absolute Affiliation has commissioned to analyze what those acclaimed accommodation adeptness acquire looked like at altered moments in American history. The affectation of 14 paintings by architectural painter Peter Waddell covers about the aboriginal 100 years of the White House, from 1792 to 1902. "Few artists corrective [the White House]," Waddell tells NPR's Linda Wertheimer.

 "It's a in actuality harder architecture to acrylic decently. Compared with how ... abounding images there are of Mount Vernon, there's absolute few of the White House." But, Waddell says, the interiors were even added complicated. Alive with The White Abode Absolute Association, Waddell looked at inventories, samples of fabrics, and appliance and accessories still stored in the White Abode collection, to get the abstracts in actuality right: "We apperceive how abounding yards of trim for the curtains," he says. "We apperceive about the white arduous curtains with the little eagles on them. We apperceive the colors of things." Grover Cleveland, the alone Admiral to get affiliated in the White House, affiliated 21-year-old Frances Folsom, above, in the Dejected Allowance in 1886. The dejected furniture, as apparent in Waddell's painting, Something Blue, is still in the White Abode collection. The sheers were in the East Allowance of the White Abode as it may acquire looked in 1837, if Andrew Jackson was president. Today, the allowance is acclimated for ample gatherings and for White Abode commemoration conferences. But Jackson may acquire been the aboriginal Admiral to in actuality use it. "Until Jackson, it in actuality hadn't been acclimated at all," Waddell explains. "It wasn't decorated." But that didn't last.

 Waddell's painting (above) depicts an opulently busy East Allowance — abounding of gold and tea and brocade. By today's sensibilities it looks overdone, but Waddell says that at the time, "gaudy was good. ... Bright color, animated surfaces were things that bodies craved in a time if the alfresco apple was covered in dust and ground-up horse poo and, in winter, mud. I anticipate if you went axial you basal to be dazzled. ... If you basal Earth tones, you could go alfresco for it." Accession one of Wadell's abundantly abundant paintings, The Splendid Mrs. Madison, depicts a affair about 1810, accustomed in what was afresh alleged the Elliptical Saloon. Today, we apperceive it as the Dejected Allowance — but it wasn't dejected yet. In The Splendid Mrs. Madison, Waddell depicts Aboriginal Lady Dolley Madison's cartoon room, about 1810–1814. Benjamin H. Latrobe advised the amplitude — but wasn't blessed with the curtains: "Oh the abhorrent clover curtains!" he wrote. "Their aftereffect will ruin me in actuality so ablaze they will be." If Aboriginal Lady Dolley Madison captivated gatherings in the abundantly busy space, the allowance was "the blush of candlelight," Waddell says. Curtains were afraid all about the allowance — not alone over the windows, "so that it appeared that the fenestration went appropriate annular the room. It was like accepting in a ball almost." The Madisons arise in the centermost of the painting — the Aboriginal Lady is decked out in jewels that Waddell corrective based on a immediate account. Accession painting in the accumulating shows the Red Allowance in 1883, which was already red but absolute abnormally busy — and with a hasty appearance of the Potomac River out the window.

 It's been abounding years aback the river could be apparent from the White House. "When I aboriginal went to the White House, I anticipation that accept to be how it consistently was, Waddell says. "It was a big shock to ascertain that how you see it now is in actuality recent. It wasn't a museum. It was just a abode that was endlessly redecorated."