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America's Presidents

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Foundational Reading Skills +3 Age Levels Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old)

How has presidential portraiture changed since the days of George Washington? The National Portrait Gallery is proud to hold the only complete collection of presidential portraits outside of the White House. This program introduces students to the “America’s Presidents” exhibition and investigates the diverse ways in which presidents have been portrayed in portraiture over the past two centuries.

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George Washington (Lansdowne Portrait)

National Portrait Gallery

Thomas Jefferson

National Portrait Gallery

James Madison

National Portrait Gallery

John Quincy Adams

National Portrait Gallery

John Quincy Adams

National Portrait Gallery

Andrew Jackson

National Portrait Gallery

Abraham Lincoln

National Portrait Gallery

Theodore Roosevelt

National Portrait Gallery

Franklin D. Roosevelt

National Portrait Gallery

John F. Kennedy

National Portrait Gallery

Richard Nixon

National Portrait Gallery

The Council of War

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Dwight D. Eisenhower

National Portrait Gallery

President Barack Obama

National Portrait Gallery