Hyperallergic: The First Known Photograph of the White House

 In Lifestyle, National News

A Welsh immigrant named John Plumbe, Jr., who was one of the country’s first prominent professional photographers, took the daguerreotype in January 1846.

In a new series for the first day of each month, Hyperallergic is exploring some firsts in art, from the earliest known depictions of things to pioneers in the visual fields.

Given that the President-elect’s favorite color, and presumably substance, is gold, the venerable White House could soon undergo its gaudiest redecoration to date. Yet the home of the American president has been a consistent symbol since it was built, maintaining its classically inspired architecture through the War of 1812 fire, massive renovations under Harry S. Truman, and other alterations.

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Read the full article by Allison Meier at hyperallergic.com

Photo credit: White house Historical Association