Rendering of the White House Treaty Room

Rendering of the White House Treaty Room

Artist: Edward Lehman (American, 1914-2000)

Medium: Watercolor on paper

Date Made: ca. 1962

In 1961 Jacqueline Kennedy appointed a Fine Arts Committee to restore the interiors of the White House. The committee was chaired by Henry Francis du Pont, the nation's leading collector of American antiques.  To help with the interior design, Mrs. Kennedy hired Stephane Boudin, a French designer with the Maison Jansen decorating firm. 

When the work was complete she commissioned artist Edward Lehman to create a series of watercolors of the restored White House interiors.  She had admired Lehman's sleek pen-and-ink studies in an article on the progress of the White House project in the Philadelphia Inquirer .

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum